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Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Mubadala Fund et al: Discovery Application

Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, described as "a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov" whose "wealth is held in offshore structures and through nominee ownership around the world, making it necessary to gather evidence from a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, as well as Kazakhstan and a number of offshore jurisdictions", including the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to take discovery from Mubadala Fund, Extell Developrnent, Edward Mermelstein, One and Only Realty, Eduard Ogai, Credit Suisse, American Express and others for use in legal proceedings in Kazakhstan, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Aidan Karibzhanov: Discovery Application

Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, who "is a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov", for an order of judicial assistance "to obtain testimony and documentary evidence to assist in discovery for use in prospective Kazakhstan civil proceedings" involving her former husband, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Masahiko Nishiyama: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Japan by Hiroshi Morimoto, of Kitahama Partners, as the Foreign Representative of Masahiko Nishiyama, a bankrupt who was found guilty of "fraudulently concealing his assets", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

NY-based participant in deal to buy Bermuda Commercial Bank sued again

A participant in a group that has received regulatory approval to purchase Bermuda Commercial Bank was sued by American Express two months ago over an allegedly unpaid credit card debt of $64,854 - the latest of several allegations of indebtedness against Logan Sugarman over the last 20 years.

Kosovo: Marijan Komani et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Security Pacific National Bank and American Express - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Kosovo - for a criminal investigation into "Marijan Komani, Velizar Marusic, Atnan Qovanaj, and others, for participation in an organized criminal group, issuing false checks, computer intrusion, and money laundering".

Quintana Roo v. Claudia Romanillos Villanueva et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by the Free and Sovereign Mexican State of Quintana Roo to take discovery from Claudia Romanillos Villanueva, Eduardo Solis Azarcoya, Hector Manuel Peredo Rincon, and Bernardo Quezada Salas at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Natalia Pirogova: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Russia by Yuri Vladimirovich Rozhkov, as the Foreign Representative of Natalia Mikhailovna Pirogova, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

British Virgin Islands: Verna Maduro (Indiana)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the British Virgin Islands into Verna Maduro for alleged fraud while employed as Financial Comptroller of the BVI Tourist Board.

British Virgin Islands: Verna Maduro (Ohio)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the British Virgin Islands into Verna Maduro for alleged fraud and theft while serving as the Financial Comptroller of the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

Romania seeks evidence in US for fraud investigation

Article based on Dan application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and embezzlement - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Romania - that was filed at federal court on September 3, 2008. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Jose Enrique de Alvare Berenguer, Gabriela Violeta Dinica, Alina Georgiana Toma, Anne-Marie Teodorescu, Teodorescu Tudora, Development & Financial Services, Inc., Olga Halikia, Spyros Vlassopoulos, American Express Bank, SC Prismatown SA, SC Salonul Auto Victoria SA, SC Dafiaq Imobiliar SRL, SC Dafiaq Comercial SRL, SC Dafiaq International SRL, SC Imobiliar Invest Expert SRL, Florida Shipping Lines Ltd., and Landmark International LLC.

Romania: Jose De Alvare et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Romania into Jose Enrique de Alvare (Berenguer). Gabriela Violeta Dinica, Alina Georgiana Toma, Anne-Marie Teodorescu and Tudora Teodorescu for alleged money laundering, fraud and embezzlement.

Lithuania: Vytautas Valatka et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Lithuania into Vytautas Valatka and Vytautas Narkus for alleged fraud.

Latin America Round-Up: January 4, 2008

ARGENTINA & VENEZUELA: Laundering and Politics; CARIBBEAN: The heat from the USA PATRIOT Act; COSTA RICA: Investigating Banco Popular; Costa Rica, Head of GAFIC; Remittances on the rise; GUATEMALA: Lottery under scrutiny; MEXICO: Chairing the OAS Anti-Laundering Group; and PERU: Fujimori sentenced.

Panama firm sues Cayman trust company in inheritance battle

A Panama corporation is suing a Cayman Islands trust company, two of its employees and others in a family dispute over inherited wealth. Inverpan SA, a Panama corporation that maintains accounts at American Express Bank International, in Brickell Avenue, Miami,

Poland seeks information about many US firms for fraud investigation

Article based on an application to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged fraud - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - that was filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware on June 29, 2007. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Inna Pichugina, Piotr Piatkowski, Larisa Shalimova, Ilgar Aliev, Andrzej Chmielewski, Natalya Popova, Natalia Popova, Andriy Kazakhenko, Nina Vavulina, Nadyezda Savina, Elena Olkova, Natalia Diouriaguina, Waldemar Paprocki, Rassima Degaeva, Halyna Kazakhenko, Eduard Likikov, Bank Millennium PLC, American Express Bank, Lateko Bank, Bank of Asia, Ogres Comercbanka, Investment Bank of Moscow, Ojsc Temirbank, Bank Przemyslowo-Handlowy PLC, Cosa Solutions LLC, Zega Ltd., Smiths Trading Ltd., Altair Trading Ltd., Optima LLC, Scartio Corp., Festivex Ltd., Blandfor Corporation, Forner Invest LLC, West Tradestar LLC, Ergen Impex LLC, ATS International Ltd., Activa Sales LLC, Clyde Alliance Ltd., Troika Dialog Ltd., Hi-Max LLC, Rizolt Corp., Ameritex LLC, Miraflex LC, Euro Trans Inc., Intertrade Center LLC, Guardian LLC, Ideation Trading Group LLC, and Belton Investment Inc.

Denmark: Eugene Oriaifo et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Denmark into Nigerian nationals Eugene Odianosen Oriaifo and Michael Ekpenike for alleged fraud.

Poland: Inna Pichugina

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Poland into Russian citizen Inna Pichugina for alleged fraud.

Bancredit Cayman Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Richard Fogerty and James Cleaver, as the Foreign Representatives of Bancredit Cayman Limited, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cayman hedge fund Wood River Partners Offshore sued by SEC

A Cayman Islands registered hedge fund is being sued by the SEC, which claims it helped to perpetrate a multi million dollar fraud.Wood River Partners Offshore, Ltd. was named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed at the U.

UK seeks evidence in Florida for investigation into Nigerian governor

Article based on an application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged fraud, corruption, and money laundering - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the United Kingdom - that was filed at federal court in the USA on March 23, 2005. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Joseph Chibi Dariye, Valentina Dariye, Christopher Mekwunye, Harris Corporation,  Harris Communications Systems Nigeria Ltd., Pinnacle Communications Ltd., Franco Investments Ltd., Frederick Harrison Ngatia, Ngatia & Associates, Joyce Oyebanjo, Wagdi Karam Mikhail, Rowberry Morris, Babatunde Lucky Omoluwa, Vistana Development Inc., National Westminster Bank, Barclays Bank, Joseph Dagwan, American Express Bank, and First American Bank.

United Kingdom: Joseph Chibi Dariye

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom into suspected money laundering by Joseph Chibi Dariye while serving as Executive Governor of Plateau State, Nigeria.

Switzerland seeks American Express records for criminal investigation

Article based on an application to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged fraud and money laundering - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - that was filed at federal court in the USA on August 3, 2004. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Jean Arhawi, Greace Arhawi, Elli Bern Arhawi, Dellonix Sagl, American Express, Credit Suisse, Raiffeisen Bank and JA Elettronica.

Belize and Grenada targeted in new IRS action

A Florida-based firm with client-banks in Belize and Grenada has been targeted in the latest court action in the United States as part of an IRS investigation into tax evasion using offshore structures.An order granting an IRS petition to serve a "John Doe" summons on TecniCard Inc., of Coral Way, Miami, was granted by the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on August 5, 2004.

IRS receives permission to serve subpoena on First Data Corp.

The world's largest processor of credit card payments has been ordered by a United States court to assist the IRS in its investigation into tax evasion using offshore accounts.First Data Corp. must turn over information about transactions by holders of American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit cards that were issued by or on behalf of certain offshore financial institutions.

Poland seeks evidence in Delaware for investigation into Andrzej Zalewski

Article based on applications to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - that were filed at federal court in the USA on May 13, 2004 and June 4, 2004. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Andrzej Zalewski, a.k.a. Jan Kowalski, a.k.a. Ivan Kowalski, a.k.a. Eric Keller; MBNA America Bank NA, Citibank (South Dakota) NAPO, Lasalle Bank PSB, Household Bank (Nevada) NA, Capital One Services Inc., Bank One NA, Providian Financial Corp., and American Express.

Switzerland: Sabine Christa Scharer et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Switzerland into Sabine Christa Scharer, Jose Enrique Scharer Angura, Aycardo Pineda, Ivan Dario Lopez Laverde, Patrick Petermann and Umberto Frattini for alleged narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

Poland: Andrzej Zalewski

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Poland into Andrzej Zalewski for alleged bank card fraud.

Poland: Andrzej Zalewski(2)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Poland into Andrzej Zalewski for alleged credit card fraud.

IRS accesses records of Florida card processor

A Florida-based firm which processes card transaction payments has been ordered to turn over its records to the IRS as part of an investigation into offshore tax evasion using MasterCard, VISA and American Express. An order issued on September 11, 2003 at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida allows the IRS to serve a "John Doe" summons on Credomatic of Florida Inc., of Brickell Avenue, Miami.

Turkey: Fausat Morenika Yusuff et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Turkey into Fausat Morenika Yusuff and Rasheed Babatunda Keshiro for alleged credit card fraud.

Portugal: Orlando Xavier Mourao

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Portugal into Orlando Xavier Mourao and and others for alleged fraud.

Italy: Mauricio Raggio et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Italy into Mauricio Raggio and Rocio Zaldivar Mercado for alleged money laundering regarding the proceeds of corruption by the former Secretary of the Italian Socialist Party Benedetto Craxi, a.k.a. Bettino Craxi.

St. Vincent: Money Talks and Nano Walks

A claim by St Vincent &the Grenadines that it is serious about combating financial crime was dealt a blow on November 22 when it allowed suspected money launderer Thierry Nano to avoid an arrest warrant.Nano flew from the island on

IRS gains access to offshore credit card accounts

A US judge has ordered that American Express and MasterCard must hand over records to the IRS relating to Americans utilizing offshore credit, charge and debit cards through three offshore centers. The ex parte order, issued on October 30, 2000 at the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, specifically relates to accounts linked with Antigua, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

Poland: Alexei Bragontchuk

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Poland into Alexei Bragontchuk and for alleged fraud and money laundering regarding the proceeds of weapons trafficking.

Cayman Islands: Syed Asadullah Kazmi

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the Cayman Islands into Syed Asadullah Kazmi for alleged fraud and theft regarding First Cayman Bank and Gulf Union Bank.

Cayman trust company caught up in money laundering case

AMEX International Trust (Cayman) Limited and Cayman International Trust Company Limited were innocently used to launder the proceeds of cocaine trafficking from Mexico to the US in the early 1990s, it has been alleged in a Texas court case. Jose Jesus Echegollen and Guillermina Chavez are accused of using a string of Cayman companies to help launder $30 million in cocaine proceeds which were transferred to Cayman from banks in the US and Mexico.