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    Would-be offshore insurer has ties to convicted fraudster

    A New York-based attorney with a conviction for securities fraud is an insider in a penny stock firm controlled by the principals of Bermuda-based Lines Overseas Management, OffshoreAlert can reveal. The involvement of Edward Marvin Grushko casts further suspicion on River Capital Group Inc., which is raising money from the public by claiming it intends to operate as a Bermuda insurer without disclosing that two licensing applications were turned down by the Insurance Admissions Committee of the Bermuda Monetary Authority last year and that no further application has been made since then.

    River Capital reports another loss

    A penny stock firm controlled by the senior officers of Bermuda-based investment firm Lines Overseas Management reported a net loss of $778,928 for the 12 months ended December 31, 2004, according to its recent 10K filing with the SEC, increasing its deficit to $1.08 million.However, River Capital Group Inc.'s share price soared during the year, hitting a high of $6.50 on the Pink Sheets market, despite the firm having no full-time employees, no revenue and, some would say, no future.

    LOM seeks stay of order that they comply with SEC subpoenas

    Bermuda-based investment firm Lines Overseas Management and its Managing Director, Scott Lines, have applied for a stay - pending an appeal - of a court order requiring them to turn over information to the SEC for use in two investigations into alleged securities fraud. In a joint motion to the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland, LOM and Lines, claim that, until a final order is rendered, they "cannot lawfully be required to comply" with four SEC subpoenas and, therefore, the effect of a January 7, 2005 ruling by Magistrate Judge Alan Kay ordering them to comply should be stayed until it becomes final.

    Insider Talking: October 31, 2004

    Swiss financier Dieter Behring, 49, was arrested in Switzerland on October 19, 2004 on suspicion of financial investment fraud and money laundering, according to news service Swissinfo; Paradigm Holdings Limited, which has been implicated in an alleged scam involving investments in wine, was placed into provisional liquidation at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on October 12, 2004; The sentencing of former offshore bank charter broker Jerome Schneider for conspiracy to commit fraud, which was scheduled to take place in late October, has been postponed to December 6, 2004 at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California; As previously forecast by OffshoreAlert, a default judgment against Bermuda-based investment firm Lines Overseas Management Limited and RBC Dominion Securities Inc. has been thrown out at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama; and LOM's principals, Brian and Scott Lines, have been accused of violating Section 13D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by failing to timely disclose their beneficial ownership of River Capital Group Inc.

    SEC accuses Lines brothers of violations concerning River Capital Group

    The principals of investment firm Lines Overseas Management have been accused by the SEC of illegally failing to timely disclose their beneficial ownership of River Capital Group Inc., which claims to be trying to establish a Bermuda insurer headed by Robin Spencer-Arscott.

    Déjà vu: Spencer-Arscott firm turned down for insurance license

    For the second time in seven years, a proposed reinsurer headed by former AON (Bermuda) boss Robin Spencer-Arscott has been turned down for an insurance license.The failed application to the Bermuda Monetary Authority was on behalf of River Reinsurance Ltd., which is owned by Bermuda-based River Capital Ltd.