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Julius Baer International Ltd. et al: £18M Fine & Industry Bans

Public Notice by the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority that it has imposed a fine of £18 million on Julius Baer International Limited "for failing to conduct its business with integrity, failing to take reasonable care to organise and control its affairs and failing to be open and cooperative with the FCA" and banned "Gustavo Raitzin, former Regional Head for Bank Julius Baer, Thomas Seiler, former BJB Sub-Regional (Market) Head for Russia and Eastern Europe and JBI non-executive director, and Louise Whitestone,former relationship manager on JBI’s Russian and Eastern European Desk".

Louise Blouin et al v. USA: Complaint (‘Trust Fund Taxes’)

Complaint "to strike off certain Federal Tax Liens that were purportedly or attempted to be filed against property owned by Aberdeen Enterprises, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, as a result of an attempt by the Internal Revenue Service to collect on behalf of the United States certain Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, 26 U.S.C. § 6672 purportedly imposed against Louise Blouin" in Aberdeen Enterprises Inc., described as a Delaware company owned by a British Virgin Islands company, and Louise Blouin, a citizen of Canada residing in Switzerland v. USA at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Affidavit Supporting Chapter 11 Petitions (‘Complete Absence of Trustworthy Financial Information’)

Affidavit of John J. Ray III, including statements that "Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here" and "related party loans" were made to Sam Bankman-Fried, $1 billion; Nishad Aingh, $543 million, and Ryan Salame, $55 million, in support of Chapter 11 Petitions by 102 entities comprising the FTX crypto group, including those in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Vietnam, filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Motion to Transfer & Stay Chapter 15 Petition

Emergency Motion to Stay and Transfer Chapter 15 Petition from New York to Delaware by 101 entities (reduced from 134 identified in the Chapter 11 Petition) comprising the FTX crypto group, including those in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Vietnam, filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. In the motion, FTX's new management accused the Bahamas government and regulators of, essentially, misappropriating the group's assets, in conjunction with former FTX principals Samuel Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang, as part of an attempt to "undermine these Chapter 11 Cases".

USA v. Carlos Kepke: USA’s Trial Memorandum (‘Offshore Tax Fraud’)

USA's Trial Memorandum regarding an alleged offshore tax fraud scheme involving accounts or entities in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland that allowed businessman Robert Smith "to evade federal income taxes on approximately $225,000,000 of capital gains" in USA v. Carlos Kepke, an attorney, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

FTX Digital Markets Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition (Bahamas)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Bahamas by Brian Simms, Kevin Cambridge, and Peter Greaves, as the Foreign Representatives of FTX Digital Markets Ltd., which operates "a digital assets business", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Motion for Joint Administration (‘More Than One Million Creditors’)

Motion for Joint Administration and Motion Modifying Certain Creditor List Requirements, Authorizing the Debtors to Serve Certain Parties by E-Mail, and Granting Related Relief in the matter of Alameda Aus Pty Ltd., Alameda Global Services Ltd., Alameda Research (Bahamas) Ltd., Alameda Research Holdings Inc., Alameda Research KK, Alameda Research LLC, Alameda Research Ltd., Alameda Research Pte Ltd., Alameda Research Yankari Ltd., Alameda TR Ltd., Alameda TR Systems S. de R. L., Allston Way Ltd., Altalix Ltd., Analisya Pte Ltd., Atlantis Technology Ltd., B for Transfer Egypt, B Payment Services Nigeria, B Transfer Services Ltd., B Transfer Services Ltd. UAE, B Transfer Services Uganda, Bancroft Way Ltd., BitPesa Kenya Ltd., BitPesa RDC SARL, BitPesa Senegal Ltd., BitPesa South Africa, BitPesa Tanzania Ltd., BitPesa Uganda Ltd., Bitvo, Inc., Blockfolio Holdings, Inc., Blockfolio, Inc., Blue Ridge Ltd., BT Payment Services Ghana, BT Payment Services South Africa, BT Payments Uganda, BT Pesa Nigeria Ltd., BTC Africa S.A., BTLS Limited Tanzania, Cardinal Ventures Ltd., Cedar Bay Ltd., Cedar Grove Technology Services, Ltd., Clifton Bay Investments LLC, Clifton Bay Investments Ltd., CM-Equity AG, Corner Stone Staffing, Cottonwood Grove Ltd., Cottonwood Technologies Ltd., Crypto Bahamas LLC, DAAG Trading, DMCC, Deck Technologies Holdings LLC, Deck Technologies Inc., Deep Creek Ltd., Digital Custody Inc., Euclid Way Ltd., Exchange 4 Free Seychellen, Exchange 4Free Australia Br., Exchange 4Free Ltd., Exchange 4Free South Africa Br., Exchange 4Free Swiss Branch, Finfax Company, FTX (Gibraltar) Ltd., FTX Canada Inc., FTX Certificates GmbH, FTX Crypto Services Ltd., FTX Digital Assets LLC, FTX Digital Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX EMEA Ltd., FTX Equity Record Holdings Ltd., FTX Europe AG, FTX Exchange FZE, FTX Hong Kong Ltd., FTX Japan Holdings K.K., FTX Japan K.K., FTX Japan Services KK, FTX Lend Inc., FTX Marketplace, Inc., FTX Products (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX Property Holdings Ltd., FTX Services Solutions Ltd., FTX Structured Products AG, FTX Switzerland GmbH, FTX Trading GmbH, FTX Trading Ltd., FTX TURKEY TEKNOLOJİ VE TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKET, FTX US Derivatives LLC, FTX US Services, Inc., FTX US Trading, Inc., FTX Vault Trust Company, FTX Ventures Ltd., FTX Ventures Partnership, FTX Zuma Ltd., GG Trading Terminal Ltd., Global Compass Dynamics Ltd., Good Luck Games, LLC, Goodman Investments Ltd., Hannam Group Inc., Hawaii Digital Assets Inc., Hilltop Technology Services LLC, Hive Empire Trading Pty Ltd., Innovatia Ltd., Island Bay Ventures Inc., K-DNA Financial Services Ltd., Killarney Lake Investments Ltd., Ledger Holdings Inc., LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Master Fund LP, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Master Fund LP, Ledger Prime LLC, LedgerPrime Ventures, LP, Liquid Financial USA Inc., LiquidEX LLC, Liquid Securities Singapore Pte Ltd., LT Baskets Ltd., Maclaurin Investments Ltd., Mangrove Cay Ltd., North Dimension Inc., North Dimension Ltd., North Wireless Dimension Inc., Paper Bird Inc., Pioneer Street Inc., Quoine India Pte Ltd., Quoine Pte Ltd., Quoine Vietnam Co. Ltd., SNG INVESTMENTS YATIRIM VE DANIŞMANLIK ANONİM ŞİRKETİ, Strategy Ark Collective Ltd., Technology Services Bahamas Limited, Tigetwit Ltd., TransferZero, Verdant Canyon Capital LLC, West Innovative Barista Ltd., West Realm Shires Financial Services Inc., West Realm Shires Services Inc., Western Concord Enterprises Ltd., and ZUBR Exchange Ltd. at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by 134 entities comprising the FTX Group, including those in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Vietnam, namely Alameda Aus Pty Ltd., Alameda Global Services Ltd., Alameda Research (Bahamas) Ltd., Alameda Research Holdings Inc., Alameda Research KK, Alameda Research LLC, Alameda Research Ltd., Alameda Research Pte Ltd., Alameda Research Yankari Ltd., Alameda TR Ltd., Alameda TR Systems S. de R. L., Allston Way Ltd., Altalix Ltd., Analisya Pte Ltd., Atlantis Technology Ltd., B for Transfer Egypt, B Payment Services Nigeria, B Transfer Services Ltd., B Transfer Services Ltd. UAE, B Transfer Services Uganda, Bancroft Way Ltd., BitPesa Kenya Ltd., BitPesa RDC SARL, BitPesa Senegal Ltd., BitPesa South Africa, BitPesa Tanzania Ltd., BitPesa Uganda Ltd., Bitvo, Inc., Blockfolio Holdings, Inc., Blockfolio, Inc., Blue Ridge Ltd., BT Payment Services Ghana, BT Payment Services South Africa, BT Payments Uganda, BT Pesa Nigeria Ltd., BTC Africa S.A., BTLS Limited Tanzania, Cardinal Ventures Ltd., Cedar Bay Ltd., Cedar Grove Technology Services, Ltd., Clifton Bay Investments LLC, Clifton Bay Investments Ltd., CM-Equity AG, Corner Stone Staffing, Cottonwood Grove Ltd., Cottonwood Technologies Ltd., Crypto Bahamas LLC, DAAG Trading, DMCC, Deck Technologies Holdings LLC, Deck Technologies Inc., Deep Creek Ltd., Digital Custody Inc., Euclid Way Ltd., Exchange 4 Free Seychellen, Exchange 4Free Australia Br., Exchange 4Free Ltd., Exchange 4Free South Africa Br., Exchange 4Free Swiss Branch, Finfax Company, FTX (Gibraltar) Ltd., FTX Canada Inc., FTX Certificates GmbH, FTX Crypto Services Ltd., FTX Digital Assets LLC, FTX Digital Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX EMEA Ltd., FTX Equity Record Holdings Ltd., FTX Europe AG, FTX Exchange FZE, FTX Hong Kong Ltd., FTX Japan Holdings K.K., FTX Japan K.K., FTX Japan Services KK, FTX Lend Inc., FTX Marketplace, Inc., FTX Products (Singapore) Pte Ltd., FTX Property Holdings Ltd., FTX Services Solutions Ltd., FTX Structured Products AG, FTX Switzerland GmbH, FTX Trading GmbH, FTX Trading Ltd., FTX TURKEY TEKNOLOJİ VE TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKET, FTX US Derivatives LLC, FTX US Services, Inc., FTX US Trading, Inc., FTX Vault Trust Company, FTX Ventures Ltd., FTX Ventures Partnership, FTX Zuma Ltd., GG Trading Terminal Ltd., Global Compass Dynamics Ltd., Good Luck Games, LLC, Goodman Investments Ltd., Hannam Group Inc., Hawaii Digital Assets Inc., Hilltop Technology Services LLC, Hive Empire Trading Pty Ltd., Innovatia Ltd., Island Bay Ventures Inc., K-DNA Financial Services Ltd., Killarney Lake Investments Ltd., Ledger Holdings Inc., LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Master Fund LP, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Master Fund LP, Ledger Prime LLC, LedgerPrime Ventures, LP, Liquid Financial USA Inc., LiquidEX LLC, Liquid Securities Singapore Pte Ltd., LT Baskets Ltd., Maclaurin Investments Ltd., Mangrove Cay Ltd., North Dimension Inc., North Dimension Ltd., North Wireless Dimension Inc., Paper Bird Inc., Pioneer Street Inc., Quoine India Pte Ltd., Quoine Pte Ltd., Quoine Vietnam Co. Ltd., SNG INVESTMENTS YATIRIM VE DANIŞMANLIK ANONİM ŞİRKETİ, Strategy Ark Collective Ltd., Technology Services Bahamas Limited, Tigetwit Ltd., TransferZero, Verdant Canyon Capital LLC, West Innovative Barista Ltd., West Realm Shires Financial Services Inc., West Realm Shires Services Inc., Western Concord Enterprises Ltd., and ZUBR Exchange Ltd. at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Jeremy Leach-Managing Partners

British fund manager Jeremy Leach and his firms settle fraud litigation for $11.5M

Four days before a trial was due to start in the Cayman Islands, British fund manager Jeremy Leach and eight of his firms settled a fraud complaint by agreeing to pay $11.5 million over 22 months, OffshoreAlert can reveal. Despite a plethora of red flags, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority continues to license Leach's Managing Partners Group and its funds and the group also operates entities in the British Virgin Islands, England, Malta, Spain, and Switzerland.

USA v. Nancy Metzler et al: Amended Complaint (‘Undisclosed Swiss & UK Accounts’)

Amended Complaint to collect penalties totaling $590,000 from the Estate of Narinder Singh, who "willfully failed to disclose" five accounts at at Union Bancaire Privée in Switzerland and one at Barclays Bank PLC in the United Kingdom whose "highest aggregate balance" in 2011 was "more than $7.2 million" in USA v. Nancy Metzler and Shalu Arjomand, each in their capacity as Executor for the Estate of Narinder Singh, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SSD Investments Ltd. et al v. Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB et al: Complaint

Complaint by entities in Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and USA alleging they were victims of a "Sham Transaction" in SSD Investments Ltd. et al v. Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB et al at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Abdulrahman Mutabagani v. Muhammad Samer bin Mahmoud Abdul-Hadi et al: Discovery Application (Saudi Arabia Proceedings)

Application by Abdulrahman Mutabagani , described as a citizen and resident of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from Muhammad Samer bin Mahmoud Abdul-Hadi, described as "a Saudi Arabian citizen who resides in New York", and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in Saudi Arabia "against Mr. Abdul-Hadi for breach of contract, among other potential causes of action, based on this wrongful conduct" to recover $41 million, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jonah Meer v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application (British Virgin Islands Proceedings)

Application by Jonah Beer, as the liquidator of Kopist Holding Limited, to take discovery from H.S.B.C. Bank U.S.A., N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank and its affiliates Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Bankers Trust Company, Commerzbank AG, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., Credit Suisse AG, Garanti Bank and Bank Julius Baer for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands "to recover assets which may have been diverted from the Company", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Axtra LLC et al v. AXIA Issuer Inc. et al: Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Crypto Dispute)

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss regarding a dispute involving digital assets in Axtra LLC, of Wyoming, and The AXIA-Axtra Trust, described as “a unit trust formed under the laws of the Cayman Islands” v. AXIA Issuer Inc., described as "a for-profit corporation incorporated in the British Virgin Islands" whose "sole director ... is a corporation domiciled in Nevis", and AXIA Foundation Inc., described as “a non-profit corporation incorporated in the Commonwealth of Dominica” whose directors reside in Canada and Dominica, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.

USA v. Narinder Singh: Complaint (‘Unreported Offshore Accounts’)

Complaint to collect unpaid penalties of $590,000 that were imposed for "willful violations" of the Bank Secrecy Act by failing to disclose accounts at Union Bancaire Privée in Switzerland and Barclays Bank Plc in the United Kingdom in USA v. Narinder Singh at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Spring Mountain Vineyard Inc. et al v. MGG California LLC et al: Complaint (‘$185M Loan Enforcement’)

Complaint alleging "an overzealous lender's improper efforts to enforce draconian provisions of a loan document that violate (and are unenforceable under) established New York law" in Spring Mountain Vineyard Inc. and Jacob E. Safra, a.k.a. Jaqui Safra, of Switzerland v. MGG California LLC, MGG (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; MGG Canada Fund LP, of Canada; MGG Insurance Fund Series Interests of the Sali Multi-Series Fund LP, MGG Onshore Funding II LLC, MGG SF Drawdown Master Fund (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG SF Drawdown Unlevered Fund II LP, MGG SF Drawdown Unlevered Fund LP, MGG SF Drawdown Unlevered Master Fund II (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG SF Evergreen Fund LP, MGG SF Evergreen Master Fund (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG SF Evergreen Unlevered Fund LP, MGG SF Evergreen Unlevered Master Fund II (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG Specialty Finance Fund II LP, and MGG Specialty Finance Fund LP at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

USA v. Yury Orekhov et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Sanctions Evasion’)

Criminal Indictment alleging "a fraud, illegal export and money laundering operation under the umbrella of NDA GmbH", described as "a privately-held industrial equipment and commodity trading company located in Hamburg, Germany", in USA v. Yury Orekhov, described as "a Russian national who resided in Germany and the United Arab Emirates"; Artem Uss, described as "a Russian national" and "the son of a Russian politician who served as the governor of Russia's Krasnoyarsk Krai region"; Svetlana Kuzurgasheva, a.k.a. Lana Neumann, a citizen of Russia; Juan Fernando Serrano Ponce, a citizen of Spain; Juan Carlos Soto, of Venezuela; Timofey Telegin, a citizen of Russia, and Sergey Tulyakov, of Russia, at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Caterpillar Crédito v. Mastercard Inc. et al: Discovery Application (Curaçao Proceedings)

Application by Caterpillar Crédito, Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable, Sociedad Financiera de Objeto Múltiple, Entidad Regulada, of Mexico, to take discovery from Mastercard Inc. and Visa Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Curaçao "brought by Mrs. Carolina Elizabeth Várady de Bellosta ... to annul two personal guarantees given by Mrs. Bellosta's husband, Carlos Marcelino Jose Bellosta Pallares to Caterpillar Crédito", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

MGI Capital (Suisse) AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that MGI Capital (Suisse) AG is "suspected of conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market".

Aspen Asset Management AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that Aspen Asset Management AG is "suspected of conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market".

Hans-Peter Metzler: Cease and Desist Order (Switzerland)

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has ordered Hans-Peter Metzler, a citizen of Austria, not to engage in financial activity for which a license is required, particularly the acceptance of deposits from the public.

Aaron Leibowitz et al v. Tether et al: Disclosure Order

Order that the Bitfinex/Tether defendants produce financial records that "relate to the backing of USDT" in Aaron Leibowitz et al et al v. BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Bittrex, Inc., Crypto Capital Corp., Giancarlo Devasini, DigFinex Inc., Reginald Fowler, Global Trade Solutions AG, Poloniex, LLC, Philip G. Potter, Tether Holdings Limited, Tether International Limited, Tether Limited, Tether Operations Limited, iFinex Inc., and Ludovicus Jan van der Velde at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BSV Claims Ltd. v. Bittylicious Ltd. et al: Application (‘£9.9B Crypto Dispute’)

Notice of Application "for a collective proceedings order permitting it to act as the class representative bringing opt-out collective proceedings on behalf of UK based holders of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Satoshi Vision against various cryptocurrency exchanges who it is contended colluded to de-list BSV in 2019" in BSV Claims Limited, of England v. Bittylicious Limited, of England; Payward Limited, of England; ShapeShift Global Limited, of England; Payward, Inc., d.b.a. Kraken, of California, USA; ShapeShift AG, a Swiss company based in Denver, USA, and Binance Europe Services Limited, of Malta, at the United Kingdom's Competition Appeal Tribunal.

SEC sues 18 entities for alleged $1.3M ‘hacking and securities fraud scheme’

The U.S. SEC has filed a complaint against 18 individuals and entities in or from Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Nevis, United Kingdom, and United States for their alleged participation in a 'hacking and securities fraud scheme', with some of the conduct allegedly concealed through offshore accounts in the Bahamas, Belize, Switzerland, and U.K.

SEC v. Rahim Mohamed et al: Complaint (‘Hacking & Securities Fraud’)

Complaint alleging hacking and securities fraud in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Rahim Mohamed, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Canada and the Cayman Islands; Davies Wong, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Glenn B. Laken, described as a resident of Chicago, Illinois; Richard C. S. Tang, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Zoltan Nagy, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Jeffrey D. Cox, a citizen and resident of Canada; Phillip G. Sewell, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Canada; Breanne M. Wong, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Christophe Merani, described as a resident of Illinois, USA; Anna Tang, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Robert W. Seeley, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; Richard B. Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; Christopher R. Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; H.E. Capital SA, described as a Nevis-domiciled company based in the Dominican Republic; Pop Holdings Ltd., described as a Nevis-domiciled company based in the Dominican Republic; Maximum Ventures Holdings LLC, Harmony Ridge Corp., and Avatele Group LLC, as Defendants, and 9224-3708 Quebec Inc., a.k.a. Distributions Bano, and Jason Black, as Relief Defendants, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

UK SFO News Release: Timothy Schools Conviction & 14-Year Prison Sentence

News Release by the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office announcing that Timothy Schools has been "jailed for 14 years" after being convicted of a "no-win-no-fee fraud" involving entities in the Cayman Islands, England, France, Isle of Man, Marshall Islands, Panama, Spain, and Switzerland.

Ferratum Bank Plc: €653K Fine

Public Notice by Malta's Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €653,637 on Ferratum Bank Plc for regulatory breaches.

USA v. Airbus A319-100 Aircraft: Seizure Warrant Application (‘Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch’)

Application for Seizure Warrant in USA v. Airbus A319-100 Aircraft, which was "purchased ... through a series of shell companies and trusts" in Aruba, Belize, Cyprus, and Jersey, in the Channel Islands involving accounts in England, Isle of Man, Switzerland, and USA and in which "an interest" is allegedly held by Andrei Skoch, described as "a member of Russia's State Duma" since 1999 and "a Deputy of the Duma", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dreamr Labs Ltd. v. Delchain Ltd. et al: Voluntary Dismissal (Crypto Dispute)

Notice of Voluntary Dismissal in Dreamr Labs Limited, of the Bahamas v. Delchain Limited, of the Bahamas; Deltec Bank & Trust Limited, of the Bahamas; Bruno Macchialli, of Porte Vedra, Florida; Suisse Finance Holdings, of Switzerland, and Richard Iamunno, of Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Crédito Real SAB de CV: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Mexico by Robert Wagstaff, as the Foreign Representative of Crédito Real S.A.B. de C.V., described as "a leading specialty finance company based in Mexico City, Mexico" that operates, among other places, "in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the United States", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Celsius Network LLC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Celsius Network LLC, Celsius Network Inc., Celsius Network Limited, Celsius KeyFi LLC, Celsius Mining LLC, Celsius Networks Lending LLC, Celsius Lending LLC, and Celsius US Holding LLC, collectively "one of the largest and most sophisticated cryptocurrency based finance platforms in the world and provide financial services to institutional, corporate, and retail clients across more than 100 countries", at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Marianne Freudiger v. Molecular Partners AG et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Marianne S. Freudiger v. Molecular Partners AG, of Switzerland; Patrick Amstutz, Andreas Emmenegger, William M. Burns, Agnete Fredriksen, Steven H. Holtzman, Sandip Kapadia, Vito J. Palombella, Michael Vasconcelles, and Domink Höchli at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chryskylodon LLC v. Markus Schneider et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency mining-based investment fraud in Chryskylodon LLC, of Wyoming v. Markus Schneider, Arastra AG, described as a Swiss company based in New York; Petawatt Holdings Inc., described as a Wyoming company based in New York, and Swiss Picturebank (Group) AG, described as a Swiss company based in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

USA v. Ralph Steinmann et al: Criminal Complaint (‘PDVSA Corruption’)

Criminal Complaint alleging the defendants laundered the proceeds of corruption involving PDVSA in Venezuela in USA v. Ralph Steinmann, described as "a Swiss national who operated a European financial institution", and Luis Fernando Vuteff, described as a citizen of Argentina, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Kevin Wessell

IRS accuses ‘asset protection expert’ Kevin Wessell of withholding records about suspected offshore tax evasion

Florida-based, self-described "asset protection expert" Kevin Wessell has been accused of withholding records from the IRS that it requires for an investigation into his clients for suspected offshore tax evasion involving accounts and entities in several jurisdictions, including the Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Nevada, Nevis, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

USA v. Glencore International AG: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to "obtain and retain business in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo" in USA v. Glencore International AG, described as "a multinational commodity trading and mining company headquartered in Baar, Switzerland", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Susan Devine v. Spears & Imes LLP: Judicial Assistance (Liechtenstein)

Ex Parte Request for Judicial Assistance by Susan Elaine Devine, described as "a citizen of the United States and Brazil and a resident of Florida" and a former wife of Florian Homm, a German citizen who was indicted in California in 2013 for alleged investment fraud and is currently a fugitive, to obtain evidence from law firm Spears & Imes LLP for use "in connection with criminal proceedings that have been launched against Ms. Devine in Liechtenstein relating to alleged money laundering" involving "nine hedge funds that were incorporated in the Cayman Islands", namely Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Limited, Absolute East West Fund Limited, Absolute East West Master Fund Limited, Absolute European Catalyst Fund Limited, Absolute Germany Fund Limited, Absolute India Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Master Fund Limited, and Absolute Return Europe Fund Limited, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.