A United States national has been sentenced to 33 months in prison and fined $4.7 million for his role in a now defunct, fraudulently operated offshore bank on the Caribbean island of Grenada.The sentence was handed down to John Edward
Petitions to wind-up five offshore banks were presented at Grenada High Court on July 24, 2003.The banks were Bank Crozier Ltd., DIAK Bank Ltd., Anglo American Bank Ltd., Wellington Bank & Trust Ltd., and Cornerstone International Saving & Investment Bank Ltd.
The SEC is seeking to have a former principal of a Grenada based offshore bank held in contempt of court in the United States for allegedly breaching an asset freeze order.Gary Joel Bentz, who helped run Wellington Bank and Trust,
Thirteen months after being exposed by OffshoreAlert as a scam, the SEC filed a civil lawsuit against Grenada-registered Wellington Bank & Trust, its principals and affiliates. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on February 27, 2001.
The Indiana Securities Division has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Grenada-registered Wellington Bank & Trust Ltd., which is a sub-bank of the First International Bank of Grenada. Also named in the Order were Nevada-registered Wellington Capital Holdings Limited Inc., Ohio-registered CastleRock Consulting LLC and Ohio residents John E. Brinker Jr. and Gary J. Bentz.
Offshore Alert has uncovered another highly dubious Grenada-registered bank that is owned by a former bankrupt. Wellington Bank & Trust, which was incorporated on July 27, 1998, is owned by John Edward Brinker Jr. and Gary Joel Bentz, who are both based in Ohio.