A U. S. regulator's much-criticized securities fraud complaint against Cayman Islands-based Caledonian Bank and Caledonian Securities is near a conclusion after a federal judge in New York yesterday approved a "seemingly illusory" settlement between the parties and rejected an attempt to block it by the group's "putative owner".
The U. S. SEC and the liquidators of Cayman Islands-domiciled Caledonian Bank have objected to an attempt by Sentinel Trust Services to block their proposed settlement of a securities fraud complaint and have questioned Sentinel's claim to be the bank's "owner".
Cayman Islands-domiciled Sentinel Trust Services - claiming to be the owner of Caledonian Bank - is seeking to block the bank's proposed securities fraud settlement agreement with the SEC and force the regulator to pay damages for causing the bank's collapse.
Research by OffshoreAlert indicates that insolvent Caledonian Bank is controlled by Canadian hedge fund boss and United States citizenship-renouncer Terry Duffy, not Curacao-based hedge fund services provider Gordon Casey, as claimed by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority in its petition to wind up the bank.
Notice of Removal, plus complaint, in John Thomas Drics v. Terrence P. Duffy, Caledonian Global Financial Services Inc., of the Cayman Islands; Lionhart Advisors Group Ltd., Photon Global Ltd., Starbrite Capital Ltd., Arrow Investment Management Inc., and Borealis Management Ltd., all of the British Virgin Islands at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.