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FTX ‘victim’ sues Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Larry David, Shaq & other stars for ‘$11B crypto fraud’

A class action complaint alleging an $11 billion fraud by the FTX crypto exchange group has been filed at federal court in Miami against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried and others, including NFL legend Tom Brady, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal, Stephen Curry, and Udonis Haslem, baseball stars David Ortiz and Shohei Ohtani, tennis player Naomi Osaka, NFL quarterback Trevor Lawrence, comedian Larry David, and the Golden State Warriors basketball team.

Bahamas liquidators of FTX Group’s ‘manager and operator’ apply for Chapter 15 recognition in New York

The liquidators of Bahamas-based FTX Digital Markets Ltd. - described as as the "manager and operator" of the FTX Group - have applied for Chapter 15 bankruptcy recognition in New York as they begin the process of gathering evidence and recovering assets for the crypto exchange group's creditors, who were estimated at "more than one million" by the group's management in Chapter 11 filings in Delaware last week that the liquidators claim were unauthorized.
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.
Intertrust v. CIMA

Intertrust Cayman agrees to pay CI$5M to settle regulatory action

Cayman Islands corporate services provider Intertrust has abandoned its legal challenge against a fine of CI$4.2 million imposed by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, agreeing to pay not only the full amount of the fine but an additional CI$767,392 towards the regulator's legal fees.
Yorgen Fenech-Aaron Mifsud Bonnici

Malta police investigate lawyer Aron Mifsud Bonnici & businessman Yorgen Fenech for ‘Dark Web weapons purchase using crypto’

Police in Malta are investigating lawyer Aron Mifsud Bonnici and businessman Yorgen Fenech regarding "the unlawful acquisition of firearms" on the "Dark Web" using Bitcoin. Details are contained in an application to collect evidence from crypto exchanges Poloniex and Coinbase that was filed at federal court in Delaware by the USA after receiving a request for judicial assistance from Malta.
Jason-Qiao-BBShares

Hong Kong shareholder seeks Inspectors for Cayman crypto fund manager BBShares

Hong Kong resident Guang Huang has asked a Cayman Islands court to appoint Inspectors to investigate the affairs of crypto fund manager BBShares Capital Management Ltd., two of whose fellow principals - Connecticut residents Hongtao Jason Qiao and JingJing Zhou - he accused of committing a $7.2 million 'freeze out' fraud against him in a lawsuit filed three months ago in New York.
RiotX investment scam

U.S. seeks forfeiture of crypto from ‘$2M Asian ‘Pig Butchering’ RiotX scam’

The U.S. has filed a forfeiture complaint against crypto that allegedly came from a $2 million investment fraud committed by three citizens or residents of Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Singapore - Wing San Tse, Zin Ko Oo, and Shen Chee Kok - against a financial advisor in California and his family via an allegedly fraudulent investment platform called RiotX using an "emerging fraud" technique known as "Pig Butchering".
Brian Stuart-Young Global Bank of Commerce

Antigua’s Global Bank of Commerce sued by depositors ‘unable to withdraw $12M’

Antigua-based offshore bank Global Bank of Commerce and its CEO, Brian Stuart-Young, are being sued by two depositors who claim they are unable to withdraw $9.2 million and £2.7 million from their accounts. Remarkably, the country's Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, described the depositors as "greedy" for attempting to withdraw their own funds.

Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network accuses ex-business partner Jason Stone of ‘multi-million dollar theft’

Two British and Delaware companies within the bankrupt crypto lending Celsius Network group have sued former business partner Jason Stone and his firm KeyFi Inc. for allegedly stealing and losing crypto worth "tens of millions of dollars". The lawsuit was filed 47 days after KeyFi sued Celsius Network, alleging its platform was being operated as "a classic Ponzi scheme".

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.
Three Arrows Capital

Founders of failed crypto fund Three Arrows Capital ‘not cooperating’ with liquidators

The liquidators of Singapore-based, British Virgin Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital have applied to take emergency discovery from the firm's 'uncooperative' Founders - Kyle Davies and Su Zhu - to help secure assets for creditors, with Zhu "rumored to be attempting to sell a property in Singapore with a potential value in the tens of millions of dollars".
Invictus Capital

$135M offshore crypto fund group Invictus Capital suspends redemptions, attempts to re-organize

Citing exposure to the UST stablecoin and Celsius Network 'bank', crypto fund operator Invictus Capital, which was set up by South Africans and claims to have more than $135 million under management in investment funds in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands, has suspended redemptions and is attempting to re-organize under the oversight of voluntary liquidators appointed for its Cayman parent company.
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.
Evatt Tamine Judgment

Australian lawyer Evatt Tamine ordered to repay $28M to Robert Brockman’s Bermuda trust

In a judgment at Bermuda Supreme Court, Australian barrister Evatt Tamine has been ordered to repay nearly $30 million that he allegedly misappropriated from a Bermuda trust he administered on behalf of U.S. businessman Robert Brockman, who was criminally indicted at federal court in California in 2020 for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax fraud scheme.
Andrew Fahie Detention

‘Not my first rodeo’ – BVI Premier Andrew Fahie admitted to ’15-20 years of criminal activity’, says U.S.

British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie is a serial drugs offender who claimed in a secretly-recorded conversation to have been "stiffed" out of over $7 million by his criminal business partners over two decades, U.S. prosecutors alleged in a motion for the pre-trial detention of Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard that was filed at federal court in Miami, where they and Maynard's son, Kadeem Maynard, have been charged with cocaine trafficking and money laundering.