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    Caledonia management ‘destroyed records’, ex-chairman involved in new firm

    Insiders at Bahamas based financial services firm Caledonia Corporate Management Group appear to have destroyed corporate emails shortly before putting the massively insolvent and allegedly fraudulently operated company into voluntary liquidation, according to liquidator Anthony Kikivarakis, of Deloitte & Touche

    Canadian defrauded two Bahamas brokers of $29 m, alleges indictment

    Canadian national George Georgiou has been criminally indicted in the United States for allegedly defrauding two Bahamas based broker dealers of at least $29 million in a securities scam. Georgiou, 39, masterminded a scheme that caused losses of "approximately $25

    Client’s $25 m trading loss caused collapse of financial group, says liquidator

    A trading loss of $25 million by a Canadian client with a checkered past has emerged as the principal reason for the collapse of a Bahamas-based financial services group earlier this year.Caledonia Corporate Management Limited allowed 39-year-old Ontario resident George Georgiou to start trading without providing any cash or security of his own, instead lending him millions of dollars and pledging other clients' assets as collateral, which were subsequently sold to meet a margin call. As Caledonia's problems mounted, the firm's principals then siphoned off virtually all of its remaining assets for no consideration to new companies they created, managed and controlled, leaving behind a shell that had unaudited assets of US$269,113 and liabilities that management listed as US$57,391 but which, in reality, will include the full amount of Georgiou's trading losses.

    Caledonia Group goes into liquidation after reported $20m in trading losses

    Bahamas-based investment firm Caledonia Corporate Management Group Limited went into voluntary liquidation on February 12, 2008 after reportedly incurring an estimated $20 million in trading losses. Anthony Kikivarakis, of Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas), has been appointed liquidator.Caledonia applied for liquidation after consultation with its local regulator, the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, which licensed the firm as a broker-dealer, according to a news article in The Tribune, in the Bahamas.

    Canadian Venture Exchange blocks offshore firm’s reverse merger attempt

    The Canadian Venture Exchange has blocked a reverse merger attempt by a firm offering online stockbroking products to offshore investment firms.British Virgin Islands domiciled Blue Chip Online Ltd., whose President is Canadian businessman Richard Czerlau, had been trying to reverse