Owen Bethel

Insider Talking: April 5, 2007

Former Bahamas-based money manager Martin Tremblay receives a 48-month prison sentence for money laundering, Richard E. Busch, Jr. is extradited from the Republic of Panama to Alabama to face securities charges, clients of Julius Baer Holding AG are being investigated by German tax authorities after a former employee in the Cayman Islands stole data and turned it over to the authorities, and Bermuda Stock Exchange-listed Ashby Corporation announces collapse of deal to sell Bahamas Film Studio to Bahamas FilmInvest International.

Insider Talking: February 7, 2007

Bermuda Supreme Court has ruled that Finance Minister Paula Cox acted lawfully in assisting U. S. tax authorities in an investigation into California-based offshore trust advisor Terence Michael Coxon; On January 10, 2007, the Central Bank of the Bahamas issued warnings against Caribbean International Bank and Deltec Financial & Trust Services; and a look at the dubious background of Ronald Rudman, Compliance Officer for Colorado-based American International Depository & Trust.

Litigation involving Montaque Securities International

Bahamas-based investment firm Montaque Securities International is involved in two unrelated lawsuits filed over the last five months, one as a plaintiff and the other as a defendant. In an action filed in the United States, Montaque claims that it was defrauded of $1.5 million that it loaned a client to establish a mutual fund in Germany.

Clients seek return of money from Addison International & Triology Fund

OffshoreAlert has received a complaint from a client who claims he is unable to redeem an investment made with Bahamas-registered Addison International Ltd., which is apparently run from the United States. The client, who is based in the U.S., claims that he placed $400,000 with Addison International in mid-1999 after the firm's principal told him: "If I don't return four per cent per month, you should fire me."

Criminal complaints filed against former Bahamas-based stockbrokers

Criminal complaints for alleged securities offenses have been filed against nine people in Thailand, including two who were once involved with a fraudulent Bahamas based stockbroker.Pierre Gonyou and Kimberly Gonyou, formerly of Equity Management Group, of the Bahamas, are among

Bahamas arbitrators issue award against Robin Cotterell client

A Bahamas arbitration tribunal has awarded nearly $500,000 against a Nevis-registered entity managed by Robin Cotterell on behalf of American fugitive Joseph Andrew Mann. The award was handed down on February 21, 2001 in favor of Nevada-registered Basic Capital Management for breach of contract against International Depository Trust Corp.

Bahamas-based Surety Bank to go into liquidation

Bahamas-based Surety Bank & Trust is to go into voluntary liquidation after its banking license was suspended by the Central Bank of the Bahamas. The license was suspended on November 23, 2000 for a breach of Section 11 of the Banks and Trust Companies Regulations Act, which deals with capital adequacy and reporting requirements.  

Insider Talking: October 31, 2000

Midasco Gold Corp's dubious offshore private placement participants, Turks & Caicos Islands regulator issues warning against Orion Bank & Trust, Canadian lawsuit filed against Bermuda-based investment firm GulfStream Financial Ltd., prospectus for Bermuda Money Funds identifies long-deceased Bermudian attorney as its chairman, Better Business Bureau in Costa Rica angered by Harris Organization's false claim to be a member, New Utopia scam keeps going and going, superseding indictment brought against Nevis-based offshore provider Robin Cotterell.

Investors claim huge losses with now-defunct Bahamas broker

Investors who claim they were swindled by a Bahamas-based stockbroking firm are preparing legal action in a bid to recover approximately $12 million in lost funds. The investors claim they were sold dubious stocks traded on the NASDAQ over-the-counter market by Equity Management Group Ltd., which operated from the Bahamas Financial Centre in Nassau.

Bahamas stock offerings cancelled by regulators

Regulators in the Bahamas acted this month to prevent two public offerings from going ahead due to regulatory breaches by the companies selling the shares.Perhaps the most embarrassing postponement involved Caribbean Health & Fitness Ltd., the major developers of Gold's Gym in the Caribbean.