Alleged Russian money-laundering scheme loses millions in bankruptcy of Austrian Meinl Bank
Early 2019, the Austrian Meinl Bank filed a money laundering report to the competent authorities on the basis of the reports of FinTelegram. The object of the suspicious activities report (SAR) was Keyring Holdings Ltd of the Russian Vladislav “Vlad” Smirnov (aka Vladislav Khokholkov). With the bank's insolvency the money is most likely gone.
The Black Banx Story – From securities manipulation scheme via OneCoin to Quadriga crypto collapse
On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the British citizen Roger "Rocket" Knox, 49, founder and operator of Swiss asset management firm Wintercap pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. His co-conspirators Matthew Ledvina, Milan Patel and Morrie Tobin have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing. According to the U.S. regulator SEC, Knox's scheme used Michael Gastauer's Black Banx (previosly "WB21") group of companies to launder the scheme's illicit proceeds. Knox was arrested in October 2018 and remains in custody until the scheduled sentencing the court ordered.