In the 2014 film The Other Woman, there is an exchange between several characters:

Carmela - Yay.- Mark's not just a cheating scumbag, he's also a thief. Look what I found. This is a list of all of the start-up companies that Mark has invested in. Three are offshore, but only one was a blind filing. No board of directors. It has a P.O. box for an address, and it's been operating at a total loss in the Bahamas. ServiceCircuit.

So what did Carmela mean by : "Three are offshore, but only one was a blind filing. No board of directors. It's been operating at a total loss in the Bahamas"?

Please note: English is not my native language, so the simpler and clearer you can make your explanation, the better.

  • "Scumbag", although commonly used, is a crude term that many people will find offensive. It means a used condom. – Theresa Oct 4 '14 at 21:37

An "offshore" company is one which is created under the authority of a foreign government, typically in order to realize tax advantages or to pursue activities which are hampered or prohibited under US law.

Operating at a total loss means that the business has no revenue at all, only expenses—suggesting that is not a legitimate business but a device for disguising money gained from some illicit activity as bookkeeping losses in order to move it into a bank or into investments where the authorities cannot recognize or seize it.

Filing here refers to the process by which a legal corporation is created, by filing the articles of incorporation with the appropriate state authority. This particular corporation is blind in the sense that its owners cannot be identified: it has no named board of directors and only a postoffice box for an address.

ServiceCircuit thus provides Mark a double layer of protection for his crooked activities: the company is beyond the reach of US or state oversight, and Mark's own involvement is completely anonymous.

  • I hope you're one of the people working against people like Mark. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 2 '14 at 23:41
  • @EdwinAshworth I'm a writer: I have no revenue to hide. – StoneyB Oct 2 '14 at 23:47
  • Ah: hence the user-name. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 2 '14 at 23:48

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