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Swiss lawyer Dario Item lied to obtain Antigua banking license, judgment shows

Madrid-based Swiss lawyer Dario Item, 49, who serves as Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to Spain, Liechtenstein, and Monaco, lied to Antigua's financial regulator when successfully applying for a bank license in 2018, apparently to conceal an investigation in Labuan that led to his corporate disqualification and the closure of his bank there the following year, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

Antigua Ambassador Dario Item given bank license despite corporate ban

Antigua and Barbuda's banking regulator appears to have fast-tracked a licensing application by one of the country's diplomats - London-based Swiss lawyer Dario Item - after his bank in Labuan ran into regulatory problems and he received a corporate ban, OffshoreAlert can reveal.