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More red flags regarding Cayman-based CMZ financial group

An investigation by OffshoreAlert has uncovered more red flags concerning Cayman Islands-based CMZ Group Ltd., whose operations include a hedge fund, investment manager, debt recovery firm, precious metals refinery, rum distributor, and pawn shops in the Caribbean.

Sino-Forest Corporation: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by Greg Watson, as the Foreign Representative of Sino-Forest Corporation, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

JP SPC 1: Receivership Petition

Petition by Ronan Guilfoyle and Graham Hampson to appoint Receivers for Axiom Legal Financing Fund, a portfolio of JP SPC 1, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Axiom fraud leaves offshore providers exposed to massive claims for damages

Offshore providers in the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, and Switzerland face huge liabilities after allowing insiders to loot Axiom Legal Financing Fund of tens of millions of pounds. Those most at risk from being sued by Axiom's eventual liquidators appear to be DMS Group, JP Funds Group, BDO Cayman, and Ogier, all in the Cayman Islands; Turnstone Group, in the Isle of Man; and Portland Financial Management, of Switzerland.

Allen Stanford Receiver v. Greenberg Traurig, LLP et al: Complaint

Ralph Janvey, as Receiver for the Stanford Receivership Estate; The Official Stanford Investors Committee, Sandra Dorrell, Samuel Troice, and Michoacan Trust v. Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Hunton & Williams, LLP, and Yolanda Suarez at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Axiom Legal Financing Fund appears to be a Ponzi scheme

New evidence uncovered by OffshoreAlert indicates that the recently-suspended Axiom Legal Financing Fund is hopelessly insolvent as a result of self-dealing and fraud by insiders. The Cayman Islands-domiciled Fund, which has raised more than £117 million, appears to be a Ponzi scheme.
Timothy Schools

More red flags regarding fast-growing Axiom Legal Financing Fund

As investors continue to pour millions of pounds each month into Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, OffshoreAlert has uncovered more red flags, including conflicting financial statements, £7.9 million loaned to a debt-ridden law firm owned by Axiom's principal, and insurance provided by an unregulated, unaudited firm that is currently defending a fraud lawsuit brought by one of its clients.
Timothy Schools

Head of Cayman fund group Tim Schools accused of professional misconduct in UK

The head of a Cayman Islands fund group that claims to manage $160 million, promotes its investments as "low risk" and boasts of "consistent" 12% net annual returns for investors is being prosecuted for alleged professional misconduct in the United Kingdom. British attorney Tim Schools faces 11 allegations, including that he "failed to act with integrity" and "failed to act in the best interests of his clients".

MG Capital Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Petition by Stella Blu Capital (Cayman) Ltd. and Stella Blu Capital (HK) Ltd. to wind up MG Capital Ltd., formerly T&C Capital Ltd., filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Bancroft Life & Casualty ICC, Ltd. v. Intercontinental Management, Ltd. et al: Second Amended Complaint

Second Amended Complaint in Bancroft Life & Casualty ICC, Ltd. v. Intercontinental Management, Ltd., Intercontinental Captive Management Company, Ltd., The Roberts and Patton Law Firm, John R. Patton, George Thomas Roberts, Nigel Bailey, Cunningham Hughan & Company, Inc., Thomas Hughan, CPA, Dernar & Associates, LLC, and David K. Dernar, CPA at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Bancroft Life & Casualty ICC, Ltd. v. Intercontinental Management Ltd. et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint filed by Bancroft Life & Casualty ICC, Ltd.against Intercontinental Management Ltd., Intercontinental Captive Management Company, Ltd., The Roberts and Patton Law Firm, John R. Patton, George Thomas Roberts, Nigel Bailey, Cunningham Hughan & Company, Inc., Thomas Hughan, Dernar & Associates, LLC, and David Dernar at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Sextant Strategic Hybrid2Hedge Fund Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Kenneth Krys and Timothy Le Cornu, as the Foreign Representatives of Sextant Strategic Hybrid2Hedge Fund Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Lester Turnquest, Jr. et al v. Hywel Jones et al: Seventh Affidavit of Receiver

Seventh Affidavit of Receiver George Clifford Culmer in Lester Turnquest, Jr. and The Bonnycord Group Limited v. Hywel Jones, The Britannia Group Ltd., Hampton Insurance Company Limited, and Stephen Dickson at Bahamas Supreme Court. In the affidavit, Culmer, inter alia, accuses Lester Turnquest of "complete non-compliance" with a court order requiring him to disclose information.

Lester Turnquest, Jr. et al v. Hywel Jones et al: Sixth Affidavit of Receiver

Sixth Affidavit of George Clifford Culmer in Lester Turnquest, Jr. and The Bonnycord Group Limited v. Hywel Jones, The Britannia Group Ltd., Hampton Insurance Company Limited, and Stephen Dickson at Bahamas Supreme Court. In the affidavit, the Receiver, inter alia, accuses Lester Turnquest of failing to respond to his requests for financial information.

Lester Turnquest, Jr. et al v. Hywel Jones et al: Fourth Affidavit of Receiver

Fourth Affidavit of Receiver George Clifford Culmer in Lester Turnquest, Jr. and The Bonnycord Group Limited v. Hywel Jones, The Britannia Group Ltd., Hampton Insurance Company Limited, and Stephen Dickson at Bahamas Supreme Court. The Receiver, inter alia, accuses Lester Turnquest of failing to co-operate with the Receivership and of failing to disclose certain asset transfers.

Lester Turnquest, Jr. et al v. Hywel Jones et al: Asset Freeze Order

Order Freezing Assets and Appointing a Receiver for Lester Turnquest's Bonnycord Group Ltd. and other companies in Lester Turnquest, Jr. and The Bonnycord Group Limited v. Hywel Jones, The Britannia Group Ltd., Hampton Insurance Company Ltd., and Stephen Dickson at Bahamas Supreme Court.

‘Son of Boss’ tax evaders pay $3.2 b to IRS

The IRS has collected more than $3.2 billion in taxes, interest and penalties from 1,165 taxpayers participating in a settlement concerning an abusive tax shelter scheme known as "Son of Boss", the agency announced today. The typical taxpayer payment was almost $1 million, with 18 taxpayers paying more than $20 million each and one paying over $100 million, stated the IRS.

Cadman Contracts Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the United Kingdom by Shay Bannon and Geoffrey Kinlan, as the Foreign Representatives of Cadman Contracts Limited and Thornycroft (1862) Limited, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Judge slams hedge fund fraudster for ‘abuse’ of court system

Investment fraudster Ian Renert has been severely criticized by a judge in the Bahamas, who accused him of “duplicity and dishonesty” and of abusing the legal system during four years of litigation.After defrauding investors in his offshore hedge funds, Renert then sought to mislead the judiciary in an effort to impede civil and criminal investigations into his activities by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, the SEC in the United States and an unidentified U. S. law enforcement agency, stated Mr. Justice Lyons in a ruling on June 21, 2005.

Offshore firms sue BDO Seidman for $170 m over collapsed ES Bankest

Three offshore firms have filed a civil complaint against accounting firm BDO Seidman in an attempt to recover $170 million of losses from a collapsed factoring scheme.The complaint, whose sole cause of action is professional negligence, was filed at the

IRS tax investigation focuses on Antigua, Bahamas and Cayman

The investigation by the IRS into alleged offshore tax evasion by United States taxpayers using offshore credit cards appears to be currently focusing on Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands. Although the IRS has previously announced it is targeting more than 30 offshore centers, these three are the only countries to feature in a slew of "John Doe" summonses issued recently by U. S. federal courts.

Pinsents pulls out of Imperial Consolidated scheme

A leading UK law firm has pulled out of a dubious asset recovery scheme after OffshoreAlert alerted them it was being organized on behalf of the crooks who were responsible for the loss of assets.Pinsents acted swiftly after being informed

Omnicorp Bank principals start new scheme

Following the collapse of their insolvent financial group in St. Vincent & the Grenadines amid suspicions of fraud, the principals of Omnicorp Bank and its affiliates are starting a new investment scheme based in Cyprus. The management is the same as Omnicorp's and includes Canadians Nelson Bayford, Lloyd Merrifield and Gary L. Moore, the latter of whom settled an SEC stock fraud lawsuit in 2000 by agreeing to disgorge $24,175.

Insider Talking: May 31, 2002

OffshoreAlert has received a letter from an Arizona based client of Grenada licensed Cornerstone International Savings and Investment Bank, which was taken over by the Grenada authorities on April 25, 2002 - AFTER the bank's principals had already disappeared without

Aristocrat Endeavor Fund emerges as key component of First International Bank of Grenada fraud

A Cayman-registered mutual fund whose shares were once listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange has emerged as a centerpiece of the massive fraud committed by the First International Bank of Grenada.Shares in the Aristocrat Endeavor Fund comprised $17.25 million of FIBG's bogus initial capital of $32.75 million in 1997, according to a new report by the bank's liquidator, Marcus Wide.

Credit Bancorp et al v. Aristocrat Endeavor Fund Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Carl Loewenson Jr., as Receiver for Credit Bancorp et al v. Aristocrat Endeavor Fund Ltd., Aristocrat Capital Advisors, Ltd., Aristocrat Corporate Finance, Ltd., Jeffrey Allen Weston, James Shadlaus, Patrick Albert Meredith, David Elias Sherman, and Robert William Newman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Bahamas fund group forced into receivership

An unlicensed, unaudited mutual fund group into which over 550 investors invested approximately $13.2 million has been forced into Receivership by the Bahamas Securities Commission. It has triggered a bitter legal battle for control of the Hawthorne-Sterling family of funds between their Receiver, accountant Clifford Culmer, and their founder, American Ian L. Renert.