Following the KPMG special audit report that uncovered substantial issues with the company’s compliance procedures, the DAX-listed German FinTech Wirecard has announced to create a dedicated compliance department to monitor compliance with laws and regulations. The department is becoming a board department, which emphasises the importance of the issue.
The Canadian regulator Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has filed civil charges against the three Canadian-Israeli brothers David Cartu, Jonathan Cartu, and Joshua Cartu for illegally soliciting Canadians to trade binary options, defrauding Ontario residents out of $1.4 million, part of a $233 million global scheme. According to the report, the Cartu brothers immigrated to Israel from Ontario in the last decade.
GMM Case – Canadian regulator OSC charges Cartu Brothers of running an illegal $233 million binary options scheme
FinTelegram has reported since 2018 about the huge Binary Options Scam of the three Cartu brothers David Cartu, Jonathan Cartu, and Joshua Cartu. Over the course of the last two years, we have received numerous requests from victims and their lawyers as well as from regulators. In this regard, we have been happy to provide the information available to us and have, among other things, facilitated lawsuits in Israel. Now the Canadian Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has claimed that their GreyMountain Management binary options schemes received more than 233 million Canadian dollars from clients worldwide.
The unregulated Cypriot payment processor practice Praxis Cashier System Ltd was added to our Payment Processor Blacklist on 8 May 2020. The reason for this was its involvement in many scams as a payment processor. It is obvious that Praxis Cashier either has not implemented efficient KYC/AML/CTF procedures or intentionally does not apply them. The payment processor was established as a legal entity in 2016 by Amit Klatchko. As a matter of fact, there is currently hardly a forex and broker scam where this unregulated Cypriot payment processor is not involved.
Robert Courtneidge is a busy and dangerous UK solicitor. He is not only a director in various FinTechs and regulated e-money institutions such as Moorwand Ltd, but also bills himself as FinTech Guru and speaker. Moreover, he facilitates broker and investment scams with his opinions and advice. Courtneidge resigned as a director of FCA-regulated ePayments Systems Ltd in February 2020 in the course of the FCA investigations (read FinTelegram Report here). In Australia, Courtneidge is accused in a huge investment scam of 240 investors of knowingly and willfully issuing false confirmations. A new Court judgement was issued on March 3, 2020.
The Florida-based US lawyer Mark S. Scott, 51, has been found guilty for his role in the OneCoin crypto scam, which raised more than $4 billion from investors convinced they were buying into a new digital currency. The New York jury found that Mark S. Scott helped to perpetrate the crypto scheme, routing approximately $400m out of the US while working to conceal the true ownership and source of the funds.
FinTelegram has often stressed that the large, global scams and investment fraud schemes would not be possible without the involvement of lawyers. It is these attorneys who issue the necessary certifications in accordance with the Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. These confirmations grant scams and investment fraud schemes access to the international financial system. This opens the door to investors’ money. These lawyers often work closely with Payment Services Providers (PSPs) to launder the money stolen by investors.