A US complaint argues that Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) was tricked into sending money to 20 unknown hackers.
Scott A. Crabtree; A. Joseph Wilkins JR.; Timothy Pohanka; The Pohanka Grandchildren’s IRR Trust; and The Geoffrey P. Pohanka 2004 Family Trust v. Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) LTD. and John Does 1-20 was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.
The plaintiffs are seeking to recover dividends entrusted to Aon for distribution to US plaintiffs. The plaintiffs own interests in AHG and Kenwood Holdings, two Bermuda entities, according to the document.
AHG and Kenwood declared dividends three times between February 2020 and December 2020, which Aon distributed to stockholders, including the Virginia claimants.
The lawsuit claimed that John Does 1-20, known as “the Hackers,” illegally accessed several email accounts, including the plaintiffs’, and fraudulently instructed Aon to transfer the plaintiffs’ dividends to accounts controlled by the hackers.
“As a result of having control and/or custody of the dividends, Aon owed certain duties to Plaintiffs,” the lawsuit alleges. Aon failed these duties. Aon moved the dividends to unknown third parties despite multiple red flags and warning indications.