Gambling payment processor LuqaPay, Vera John, and GameSys Group rumors!
We have already reported several times in recent weeks on the high-risk payment processor LuqaPay. This is operated by Fortis LLC, which is registered in Georgia. LuqaPay is said to be the successor brand of BestPay Card. In addition, LuqaPay is said to be the main payment processors for GameSys Group's Vera & John online gambling platform in Japan. Rumors say that Vera John is about to be sold to Bally's.
Interesting German-Lithuanian Compliance Dispute about Wirecard and fintech regulation
The spot is on Lithuania! The Financial Times reported that German prosecutors suspect that more than €100M was stolen from Wirecard via the licensed Lithuanian Finolita Unio. Via this fintech, at least €35M was said to have flowed to fugitive ex-Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek and another €65M to the now insolvent company oCap (previously Senjo Trading) in Singapore. Both Finolita Unio and oCap are part of the Senjo Group, one of Wirecard's most important partners in Asia, and received a loan of €350M from the latter. Finolita Unio CEO Danas Oliskevicius rejects the accusations and blames the German BaFin.
GlobalNetInt CEO launched new financial services venture Findiban
Liudvikas Kulikauskas, founder, CEO, and shareholder of GlobalNetInt UAB (GNI), an e-Money Institution (EMI) regulated by the Bank of Lithuania with authorization code LB000434, has founded a payment processor Ifind MB d/b/a Findiban (www.findiban.com), together with his wife, Egle Kulikauskiene. The company is apparently positioned as a high-risk payment processor, offering businesses a range of financial services, including SEPA IBAN account, white-label FinTech services, or credit card processing.
Polish-Lithuanian Epayblock again exposed as a scam-facilitating payment processor
Time and again! Recently, brought a Request 4 Information (R4I) regarding the regulated Lithuanian e-Money Institution Epayblock. This payment processor has been exposed as a partner of illegal payment processors such as Skylas, Merelita, Ristema, or BDIKA, which are involved in broker scams. These companies launder money through their bank accounts at Epayblock. Today, we discovered the Hungarian Dot Systems KFT, another illegal payment processor being a client of Epayblock.
Regulated Lithuanian scam-facilitator Epayblock lost two top managers
We brought a Request 4 Information (R4I) regarding Epayblock a few days ago because we want to know more about the e-Money institution regulated by the Bank of Lithuania with authorization code LB001911. The reason for this R4I was that illegal Lithuanian payment providers such as Skylas, Merelita, or Ristema are involved in currently active broker scams. These companies launder money through their bank accounts at Epayblock. Upon our R4I, we received the information that two top managers had already left the company several months ago.
R4I – Epayblock, illegal payment processor clients, and money-laundering
Amid the hype of binary options, CFDs, and crypto trading, many FinTech entrepreneurs have picked up e-Money Institution licenses in Lithuania. Like Eyal Nachum with his Bruc Bond and International Fintech. Well, they lost the license and went to Singapore. However, MoneyNetint Group and its GlobalNetInt are still there; regulated! Most recently, Epayblock caught our attention because it is repeatedly involved in broker scams as a payment processor. We would like to know more about Epayblock.
Check this out – German PPRO Group gets $180M at $1B+ valuation
Germany has a new FinTech. FCA-regulated PPRO Financial is controlled by the German PPRO Holding GmbH and has affiliated companies in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Today, the company announced that it had received a total of $180 million in fresh money from investors based on a valuation of more than $1 billion. With this, PPRO joins the club of FinTech unicorns. However, in the past, PPRO has also attracted attention for supporting broker scams with its payment services.
Finally gone! Disgraced Israeli Payment processor Bruc Bond et al vanished to Singapore
The Bank of Lithuania revoked the company's EMI license in April 2020. FinTelegram has previously alerted its readers in numerous reports. For this, FinTelegram has been sued for alleged defamation in Israel. The Bank of Lithuania actually fully confirmed the reports and turned the alleged defamation into a proven fact. In the meantime, Bruc Bond has disappeared from the EU and operates on the Asian markets with a MAS license in Singapore. They have gone to conquered Asia.
AML: Another Chief Compliance Officer departs from GlobalNetInt
Lithuanian GlobalNetInt has had an audit from the Bank of Lithuania in recent months. The company focused on high-risk clientele appears to have compliance, KYC, and AML issues. Among the clients are many forex and crypto firms as well as payment processors associated with and/or facilitating scams. The problems with compliance were also confirmed to us by a consultant. Now the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) is also said to have left the company.
European FinTech Ecosphere – Transactworld Group meets GlobalNetint
Paymentz is a part of the Transactworld Group of the Indian brothers Anupam Vassa and Amoolya Vassa. This group also comprises Transactworld Limited, Cyprus, and the FCA-regulated Transactworld Limited. The Transactworld Group has a close and multi-dimensional business relationship with the regulated Lithuanian GlobalNetInt UAB, which has the same beneficial owners as the FCA-regulated MoneyNetInt Ltd (together the “MoneyNetInt Group“).
FinTech Review – FCA-regulated Bilderlings with Latvian roots
Bilderlings Pay Limited is regulated as an authorized e-money institution under reference No 900637 since May 2018. The institution is doing business as Bilderlings (www.bilderlings.com and www.bilderlings.eu) and offers international payments with app and debit card. Like TransferWise et al. The company was founded back in December 2015 and is led by Latvians Deniss Polakovs and Andrejs Zaharovs. Until recently, Latvian Aleksandrs Peskovs was listed as the beneficial owner.