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    Offshore fraudster Marc Harris released early from US prison

    The target of OffshoreAlert's first major exposé, Marc M. Harris, way back in 1998 was released from prison in the United States last month after serving 13 years and three months of a 17-year sentence for tax evasion and money laundering. Records that would explain his early release have been sealed by the Florida court but Harris regularly complained of serious health issues during his time in custody.

    Eight months in prison for former Harris Organization president Larry Gandolfi

    Larry Gandolfi, a former president of the long-defunct Panama-based criminal enterprise known as The Harris Organization, was today sentenced in Miami to eight months in prison for tax fraud. He has been released on bail pending a surrender date being fixed for him to begin serving his sentence.

    USA v. Boyce Richard Griffin: Character References for Sentencing

    Character References for Sentencing from Teresa Griffin Lawson, Edgardo Jaen Montiel, Ivette Ng de Jaen, Emanuel de la Guardia, Kenneth Stafford, Matthew Gilbert, Valerie Laney, Rita Winchester, and Kristen Griffin Gilbert in USA v. Boyce Richard Griffin, a.k.a. Rick Griffin, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Latin America Round-Up: June 14, 2009

    COLOMBIA Espionage scandal A scandal brought about by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe having illegal meetings with judges, politicians, journalists and former public officials has cast a shadow over his government, inside and outside of the country. Colombians are now demanding

    Two more convictions in Harris Organization tax evasion investigation

    The ongoing criminal investigation by the United States Internal Revenue Service into the long-defunct Harris Organization financial services group of Panama and its clients has resulted in two more convictions at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Insider Talking: December 11, 2007

    Bermuda took another step down the road from well-respected, relatively-clean, model democracy to internationally-ridiculed, corruption-ridden, banana republic when the office of Bermuda's Auditor General, Larry Dennis, was raided by police for the second time in five months on November 17, 2007; Two ex-clients of jailed former Panama-based offshore financial services provider Marc Harris escaped prison-time when they were sentenced for tax evasion-related offenses at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on November 30, 2007; AM Costa Rica news service reported on November 9, 2007 that the Seccion de Fraudes of the Judicial Investigating Organization raided the offices of Trade Exchange SA, a.k.a. Tradex, on October 30 as part of an investigation into the activities of an expatriate financial consultant, Mark Emory Boswell, a.k.a. Rex Freeman, and his wife, Evelyn Reed; Three former employees of National Westminster Bank Plc - popularly known as the 'NatWest Three' - entered into plea agreements with the U. S. Government on November 28, 2007 in which they admitted their roles in defrauding their employer of $7.3 million in March, 2000 via transactions involving Enron Corp. and a legal vehicle in the Cayman Islands known as LJM Cayman LP Ironically, earlier in November, just before much of the British press were lauding the NatWest fraudsters, several British newspapers published the results of research by offshore banking provider NatWest International Personal Banking that indicated 1 in 10 British expatriates have been victims of banking fraud; and The manner of the collapse of Colorado's last remaining offshore bank, American Intercapital Depository and Trust, known as AIDT, which regulators recently closed down due to "hopeless" insolvency and their belief that the management was dishonest, casts doubt on the credibility of The Offshore Institute, a professional organization whose President, E. Jerry James, was AIDT's guiding force.

    Insider Talking: August 7, 2007

    Former offshore services provider Marc Harris, who was sentenced to serve 17 years in prison on May 17, 2004 after being convicted by a jury of conspiracy to defraud the USA, money laundering and tax evasion, turned down a pre-trial offer from prosecutors that would have seen him receive just three years in prison in return for a guilty plea, according to a recently-filed court paper in Miami; New information about what is shaping up to be the latest big offshore hedge fund scandal recently became publicly available in filings at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is trying to close down Lake Shore Asset Management Limited, which is incorporated in Bermuda; and Former offshore specialist Nigel Scott Grant, who once participated in a Nevis-based investment scam while working as an attorney in California, is being sued in Florida for allegedly failing to pay legal fees of $16,125 to a Miami-based law firm, Levey, Airan, Shevin, Roen, Kelso, Corona & Herrera LLP.