Article: A financial fairytale: how one man fooled the global elite

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A financial fairytale: how one man fooled the global elite

David Smith , 14 July 2021

The place was Dubai. The star was Tina Turner. “As the American pop legend belted out Simply the Best,” write authors Simon Clark and Will Louch, “guests sipped vintage champagne served from an ice bar that was melting slowly into the Arabian sand on the beach, fire dancers performed and cigar rollers flown in from Cuba handed out their aromatic wares.”

The host of the party was Arif Naqvi, founder of Abraaj, a private equity fund that managed nearly $14bn and had stakes in a hundred companies. Its investors were treated to oratory from Bill Clinton, the former US president, and dinner with Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon. Arif’s promise to give capitalism a conscience seduced western governments and billionaire Bill Gates. Continue reading “Article: A financial fairytale: how one man fooled the global elite”

Article: Fortville woman convicted in $1.2M fraud case

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Fortville woman convicted in $1.2M fraud case

Kristy Deer, 09 June 2021

HANCOCK COUNTY — A Fortville woman accused of working with co-conspirators overseas in a scheme that scammed deaf and elderly people across the country out of about $1.2 million has been convicted on multiple federal charges in a federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Donna L. Summerlin, 62, Fortville, was found guilty late last week following a seven-day jury trial held before United States District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson, the Department of Justice announced in a news release. The case, dating to 2018, was brought by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Summerlin, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, faces a long prison sentence.

According to acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Summerlin was charged with taking money from victims in a so-called advance-fee scheme. Many of the victims were either elderly, deaf or both.

In the schemes, victims were contacted through Facebook and told they were winners of a “deaf lottery” or that they had been selected for special and exclusive government grants or other programs.

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Article: Bookkeeper embezzles $1M from NC tree nursery, buys home theater and truck, feds say

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Bookkeeper embezzles $1M from NC tree nursery, buys home theater and truck, feds say

HAYLEY FOWLER, 04 June 2021

A longtime bookkeeper and office manager at a family-owned tree nursery in North Carolina has pleaded guilty to stealing upwards of $1 million from his employer over six years, according to the federal government.

The money went toward outfitting a home theater, buying a new truck and paying off his mortgage, prosecutors said.

Richard Allen Clark, 55, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering and making a false statement on his tax return, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina said Thursday in a news release. Clark is from Lenoir, about 86 miles northwest of Charlotte in the foothills. Continue reading “Article: Bookkeeper embezzles $1M from NC tree nursery, buys home theater and truck, feds say”

Article: FBI probing federal contractor’s donations to Sen. Collins’ campaign

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FBI probing federal contractor’s donations to Sen. Collins’ campaign

Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald, Maine, 19 May 2021

A Department of Defense contractor with ties to Maine is under investigation by the U.S. government for allegedly making illegal contributions to Sen. Susan Collins’ 2020 re-election campaign.

An FBI search warrant in the investigation names Martin Kao and Clifford Chen. Kao is the former president and CEO of Hawaii-based Navatek — now known as Martin Defense Group — and Chen was Navatek’s chief financial officer at the time the contributions were made. The contractor is based in Honolulu and has offices in Maine, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas and South Carolina.

Kao and Chen are accused of making illegal contributions of about $45,000 to Collins’ re-election campaign and $150,000 to the independently operated 1820 PAC, which supported the Republican’s re-election bid. Donations of that nature constitute violations of federal law that prohibit federal contractors from making political contributions, according to FBI Special Agent Michelle Ball, who filed an application for a search warrant on April 7. The warrant, which had to be executed before April 21, was authorized by U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey. Continue reading “Article: FBI probing federal contractor’s donations to Sen. Collins’ campaign”

Article: Former gaming minister agrees ‘unfair’ to cop who said ‘something stinky’ at casinos

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Former gaming minister agrees ‘unfair’ to cop who said ‘something stinky’ at casinos

Canadian Press, 14 May 2021

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s former gaming minister said comments he made more than a decade ago about a top-ranking financial crime investigator’s concerns about “something stinky” going on at provincial casinos were not fair.

Rich Coleman was recalled to testify Friday at the public inquiry into money laundering to face more questions about statements he made in January 2011, disputing media comments by former RCMP inspector Barry Baxter. “I probably got too broad in saying that,” said Coleman, who is the inquiry’s last witness. “I probably went a little too far out with my answer. It may have been unfair.” Continue reading “Article: Former gaming minister agrees ‘unfair’ to cop who said ‘something stinky’ at casinos”

Article: Former B.C. premier Christy Clark to face questions from money laundering inquiry

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Former B.C. premier Christy Clark to face questions from money laundering inquiry

CBC News, 20 April 2021

Former Premier Christy Clark will testify Tuesday at the official inquiry investigating the scope and impact of money laundering in B.C., answering questions as to how much her cabinet knew about the crisis that grew during its tenure.

Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money laundering problem over the past decade. Continue reading “Article: Former B.C. premier Christy Clark to face questions from money laundering inquiry”

Article: Rich Coleman’s dismissal of money laundering warning was baseless: Mountie

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Rich Coleman’s dismissal of money laundering warning was baseless: Mountie

Graeme Wood, 09 April 2021

RCMP’s failure to earmark adequate resources against financial crime was compounded by government officials downplaying problem, inquiry hears.

The senior Mountie in charge of a B.C. money laundering unit in January 2011 says he was “taken aback” by then minister of public safety and solicitor general Rich Coleman’s dismissal of his assessment of money laundering activity in government-regulated casinos. Continue reading “Article: Rich Coleman’s dismissal of money laundering warning was baseless: Mountie”

Article: Why Is It Moving? Looking Into Why SeaChange International’s Stock is Trading Higher Today

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Why Is It Moving? Looking Into Why SeaChange International’s Stock is Trading Higher Today

Erin Clark,  29 March 2021

Hong Kong Is Set to Target First SPAC Listing by End of Year

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong is expected to have its own blank check company listing framework ready in June for public feedback and targets allowing deals to start by the end of this year, according to people familiar with the matter.The city is looking at tighter rules for sponsors of special purpose acquisition company listings and their buy-out targets than those enforced in the U.S., said the people, who asked not to be named discussing internal deliberations. Continue reading “Article: Why Is It Moving? Looking Into Why SeaChange International’s Stock is Trading Higher Today”

Article: Forget GameStop and short sellers — the SEC says ‘OCMillionaire’ manipulated a worthless stock higher

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Forget GameStop and short sellers — the SEC says ‘OCMillionaire’ manipulated a worthless stock higher

Erin Clark, 16 March 2021

Fool’s gold? The SEC alleges that a stock manipulator sucked investors into a worthless company by claiming it was about to become a big player in cannabis.

If you’ve been following the ludicrous saga of trading in GameStop shares, you’ve probably heard about how short sellers try to profit by manipulating stocks to fall in price.

But that’s not the only way people try to play the market.

The Securities and Exchange Commission just unveiled fraud charges against a trader allegedly trying to profit by manipulating a stock higher.

He’s Andrew Fassari, a 33-year-old Orange County resident. According to the SEC, he staged a vigorous campaign in December using the Twitter handle “OCMillionaire” to suck penny-stock investors into shares of Arcis Resources Corp., which had been defunct for years.

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Article: Investigator claims he was Fired for Hedge Fund Inquiry

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Investigator claims he was Fired for Hedge Fund Inquiry

Andrew Clark

The Guardian cited by RGM Communications via Wayback, 24 June 2006

The low-profile, high-earning world of hedge funds suffered a jolt yesterday as allegations surfaced of political influence and insider dealing at one of America’s most prominent players, Pequot Capital Management.

A former investigator at the Securities and Exchange Commission has disclosed that the authority has been examining suspicious trades at Pequot – a Connecticut-based fund which has $7bn (£3.8bn) under management and operates from offices in both the US and Britain.

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Article: Endovasc Ltd., Inc. v. J. P. Turner Co., LLC

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Endovasc Ltd., Inc. v. J. P. Turner Co., LLC

OffshoreAlert, 11 September 2002

Plaintiff, Endovasc Ltd., Inc. (“Endovasc” or “Plaintiff”, brings this action asserting in their Second Amended Complaint (the “Complaint” or “Compl.”) that they were injured by the fraudulent acts of defendants J.P. Turner Co., LLC (“JP Turner”), KCM Group LLC (“KCM”), The Keshet Fund, L.P. “Keshet Fund”), Keshet, LP (“Keshet”), Nesher, Ltd. (“Nesher”), Talbiya B. Investments, Ltd. (“Talbiya”), Balmore Funds S.A. (“Balmore”), David Grin (“Grin”), LH Financial Services Corp. “LH”), Laurus Master Fund, Ltd. (“Laurus Master Fund”), Laurus Capital Management, LLC (“Laurus Capital”), Celeste Trust Reg.”Celeste’, Patrick Power; “Power”), and John Clark (“Clark”) (collectively, “Defendants”), in violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b) (“Section 10(b)”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5 (“Rule 10b-5”) and Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act (“Section 20(a)”), 15 U.S.C. § 78t(a).

Endovasc also asserts claims for common law fraud and deceit, civil conspiracy to defraud, breach of contract, and restitution under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Defendants move to dismiss the Complaint in its entirety on various grounds and for sanctions under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. For the reasons stated below, Defendants’ motions to dismiss are granted, and their motions for sanctions denied.

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