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Saisie Judiciaire of the realisable property of Arnold Maurice Bengis

20 April 2018

For a number of years Jersey’s Attorney General has been assisting the United States Department of Justice and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in an investigation into a large-scale illegal fishing enterprise principally involving the over-harvesting of South African rock lobster.   

On 27 July 2017, the Royal Court granted the Attorney General’s application for an asset freeze over trust accounts held at a local financial institution. Following a contested hearing the Royal Court recently dismissed an application by the trustee to have the asset freeze discharged:

You can find the published judgment on the Jersey Legal Information Board website on 17 April 2018

The Attorney General, Robert MacRae QC, “This case again clearly demonstrates the firm resolve of the Jersey authorities to combat international financial crime and money laundering. It shows that Jersey is no place to hide the proceeds of crime.”

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