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    Insider Talking: January 31, 2005

    Search the Internet for 'Caledonian Offshore Ltd.' and you will receive a plethora of hits for web-sites containing allegations that the firm engages in wholesale illegal activity, specifically that it takes money from residents of third-world countries on the false promise that they will be offered jobs in the offshore oil industry; Tthere is still no sign of the US Postal Service taking any action against another up-front-cash-for-non-existent-jobs fraudster - Rommy Kriplani, a few years after OffshoreAlert handed them more than enough evidence to bring a prosecution for mail fraud; Ten months after the closure of Canada-based OFC Publications Inc., which published Offshore Finance Canada and Offshore Finance USA magazines, another publisher of news about offshore financial centers and issues that affect them has closed down; The Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom has refused an application for 'permission to carry on regulated activities' by Target Asset Management Limited, whose links with accused fraudster Sendjer Shefket were first revealed by OffshoreAlert on June 30, 2003; The Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Second Circuit in Panama has allowed a request from former employees of the now-defunct Harris Organization to freeze US$800,000 of its assets on the grounds that they were fired illegally, according to a report in El Panama America newspaper on December 27, 2004; Bermuda hotelier and former Minister of Tourism David Dodwell has settled litigation with a former business partner that lasted more than 12 years, spanned courts in three countries and was notable for its acrimony; British solicitor Mark Agombar, who was banned as a company director for six years in the United Kingdom last year for his part in a timeshare scam, was named as a defendant in a civil complaint filed by Johnston International Limited at the Turks & Caicos Islands Supreme Court on April 30, 2004; and The Securities Commission of the Bahamas announced on November 16, 2004 that it was "monitoring" a criminal investigation in Switzerland into suspected investment fraud and money laundering by Dieter Behring and "assessing any possible connections Mr. Behring may have with existing licensees or registrants of the Commission.

    David Dodwell settles torturous litigation after 12 years of filings

    Bermuda hotelier and ex-Minister of Tourism David Dodwell has settled litigation with a former business partner that lasted more than 12 years, spanned courts in three countries and was notable for its acrimony. An order dismissing U. S.-based Lee Koehler's complaint against Dodwell and garnishment actions against The Reefs Beach Club Limited, of Bermuda; and Windward Properties Limited, of Nevis, was entered at the U. S. District Court for the District Court of Maryland on July 14, 2004.

    Bermuda hotelier’s nemesis seeks to renew judgment

    An application has been made in the United States to renew a $2 million default judgment against Bermuda hotelier and current Shadow Minister of Tourism David Dodwell. It is the latest salvo in legal action that has been going on

    Bermuda’s Minister of Tourism loses $2 million legal decision in US

    Bermuda hotelier David Dodwell, who is also the island's Minister of Tourism, has lost a legal decision in the US which may cost him $2 million personally and which also has jurisdictional implications for all offshore businessmen. On August 4, 1998, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reinstated a $2 million default judgment against Dodwell that had previously been granted in favour of plaintiff Lee N. Koehler and then quashed by a lower court in Maryland.