Cybercrime Trials – Gal Barak’s wife acquitted but more charges to come!
E&G Bulgaria allegedly defrauded tens of thousands of consumers in Europe out of more than €200 million with its scams According to law enforcement agencies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the principals of this organization were Israelis Gal Barak and Gery Shalon and their Russian partner Vladislav Smirnov. Barak was sentenced in Austria in September 2020 to four years in prison and restitution payments in the millions for investment fraud and money laundering. His wife, Marina Barak, who was also charged, was acquitted; the prosecutors appealed.
Really? Scam victims’ money allegedly financed the campaign of the President of Montenegro!
The Belgrade-based online news portal In4S exposed an explosive political dimension of cybercrime charges around Gal Barak und Uwe Lenhoff. The Belgrade lawyer Marko Vujosevic allegedly stole and laundered €19 million via Global Payment Solutions DOO (GPS) in Montenegro. GPS is at the very center of the cybercrime organization of Barak and Lenhoff. The latter died in prison for unknown reasons. Barak was sentenced to four years in prison for investment fraud and money laundering. And now IN4S claims part of these cybercrime proceeds was used to finance the President of Montenegro.
Unbelievable! German court denies justice for German victims of Gal Barak
Israeli Gal Barak was one of three principals of the cybercrime organization E&G Bulgaria. Barak's Bulgarian wife, Marina Barak (formerly Marina Andreeva), served as chief financial officer. Gal Barak was arrested in early 2019 and sentenced to four years in prison for investment fraud and money laundering in Vienna, Austria, in September 2020. He was to be extradited to Germany for further charges but was silently released nearly six weeks ago and vanished to Israel in a private jet.
The incredible story of Wirecard Mini-me Payvision and its founder Rudolf Booker
Amsterdam FinTech entrepreneur Rudolf Booker founded the payment processor Payvision in 2002 and ran it more or less successfully. The business evidently took off in 2015 when Amsterdam real estate investor Dirk-Jan Bakker introduced German cybercrime activist Uwe Lenhoff to Booker. Lenhoff and his partners brought dozens of fraudulent binary options operators to Payvision, where Booker welcomed them with open arms. In 2018, Booker sold Payvision to ING for €360 million, fully packed with high-risk and illegal clients; in April 2020, he and his co-founders left Payvision.
Wirecard, Finolita Unio, and the Lithuanian Connection
In our researches on scam-facilitating payment processors, Finolita Unio UAB, regulated by the Bank of Lithuania with authorization code LB000490, came to our attention only once as a payment facilitator in the GlobalSpotFX scam with the Estonian Woodstock OÜ (report here). The Financial Times reports that Finolita Unio is part of Senjo Group, a former Wirecard partner through which hundreds of millions have flowed and vanished. More than €100M have been processed through its Lithuanian subsidiary.
BaFin issues Cease and Desist Orders against illegal payment processors Widestep and WebMaster Solutions
Cybercrime organizations need fake companies for their business through which they can launder their illegally obtained funds. For example, the deposits of victims of scams are processed through these illegal payment processors. Many of them are German companies that are very popular among cybercriminals. These provide their bank accounts on illegal funds are laundered with false information. This week, BaFin issued a Cease and Desist Order against the two illegal payment processors, Widestep and WebMaster Solutions.
Vienna Cybercrime Trial – The Know-Nothing Accountant; Part One!
The Bulgarian Marina Barak is a brilliant and charming woman. She holds a degree in economics and worked in the financial field in London. Besides her native Bulgarian, she speaks perfect English and undoubtedly has a talent for numbers and organization. From at least 2016 to 2019, she was the chief financial officer and chief accountant of the cybercrime organization E&G Bulgaria EOOD in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her husband, the Israeli Gal Barak, was one of the organization's principal and operated illegal and fraudulent broker brands along with boiler rooms in Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, or Bosnia and Herzegovina with his Israeli leadership team.
Alleged binary options scammer Joshua Cartu sends greetings from Moscow
At the last Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) hearing in the fraud charges against David Cartu, Jonathan Cartu, and Joshua Cartu on March 25, 2021, Joshua Cartu did not appear. Nor has he sent a representative, although properly served. Not only the Canadian OSC but also the U.S. CFTC is looking for the Cartu Brothers. The U.S. regulator has brought a fraud complaint against the Cartu Brothers for operating illegal binary options platforms that received more than $165 million from investors. While the CFTC and OSC are looking for him, Joshua Cartu posts greetings from Moscow on Instagram.
Vienna Cybercrime Trials – Gal Barak charged with giving false testimony and the Israeli fraud elite!
Gal Barak was sentenced in the Vienna Cybercrime Trials as one of the masterminds behind the cybercrime organization E&G Bulgaria to four years in prison and millions in restitution payments for investment fraud and money laundering. His Bulgarian wife Marina Barak faces the same charges and is currently on trial. Gal Barak gave false testimony at the trial of his wife and was consequently charged by the prosecution for that. As private prosecutors, the EFRI lawyer and its principal Elfriede Sixt accompany the trials representing the victims' voice!
Breaking News – Criminal complaints against Payvision and its founders
Payvision and its founder and former CEO Rudolf Booker are already subjects of the criminal proceedings in Germany and Austria. Uwe Lenhoff, the alleged mastermind of a cybercrime organization, was arrested in January 2019. He was a personal friend of Booker and used Payvision for his dirty business. Rudolf Booker was introduced to Lenhoff by Amsterdam real estate investor Dirk-Jan Bakker, a partner of Lenhoff, who was found dead in his prison cell in July 2020. Criminal charges have now been filed against Payvision and its founders for money laundering and investment fraud.
Unbelievable. The dirty wealth of the boiler room fraudster James Morra!
Israeli Gal Barak was sentenced to four years in prison for investment fraud and money laundering as one of the principals of the cybercrime organization E&G Bulgaria in the Vienna Cybercrime Trials in September 2020. His wife, Marina Barak, is also charged and is currently on trial. Gal Barak is currently being extradited to Germany, where he will also be charged. In Germany, a former Bulgarian co-conspirator responsible for dozens of victims as boiler room manager is already waiting in prison. This Bulgarian going by the stage name James Morra earned a small fortune by defrauding unsuspecting victims.