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Rakesh Khatri v. Gain Bitcoin et al: Complaint

February 26, 2021 - Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Rakesh Khatri, a citizen of the United States, individually and as assignee of Reshma Khatri, Abishek Raja, Amit Kushwaha, Anchit Singh, Arvind Singh Bajetha, Ashish Lal, Ashitosh Sampat Raje, Ashok Kumar, Bhagyesh Hanumante, Chakresh Jain, Dharmender Shera, Gagan Deep Joshi, Gaurav Chhabra, Girija Raman, Karthik Raman, Lalit Kumar, Lokesh Sharma, Mohamed Haneefa Kottayil, Mohit Malhotra, Mukesh Gupta, Navneet Bhalla, Nikhil Jadhav, Pritpal Singh, Raghavendra R. Athani, Sachin Chavhan, Sanchit Malik, Saurab Wadhera, Shyam Singh, Siddhant Jain, Vikash Bhagat, Yash Jain, Ismail Nadukkandyil, Aarjav Jain, Siddharth Jain, Sanjay Jain, Mayank Jain, Vivek Tiwari, Malthesha P, Shubham Gupta, Sandeep Grewal, Nitin Koshti, Abishek Chauhan, Amar Singh Chandel, Priyavardhini Venkatram, Ajay Singh, Rajbir, Moumita Das, Rajesh Mehra, P.C. Mahajan, Pooja Ahirwar, Albert Ahirwar, Rani Singh, Shyam Lal, Anjan Roy, Arvinder Pal Singh, Vipin Sahney, Arpit Jain, Mukul Gupta, Aman Singhal, Brijesh Soni, Mahesh Vittal Yadav, Aman Paharia, Sandeep Bhalla, Sanjay Ahlawat, Atul Bhalla, Deepak Kumar, Balkrishna Baburao Raje, Girija Silver, Gaurav Gupta, Skalyan, and Deepak Shukla, all citizens of India v. VariableTech Private Limited, d.b.a. Gain Bitcoin, of Singapore; Amaze Mining and Blockchain Research Ltd., of Hong Kong; GBMiners, Mineral Mining Limited Company, described as "a company located in the United Arab Emirates"; Sun & Sand Mining & Minerals Resource (UK) Limited, described as "a company located in England"; Coin Bank-Safe Bitcoin Wallet, ZebPay Exchange, a.k.a. Zebay, a.k.a. Zeb Pay, described as "a cryptocurrency exchange, virtual wallet, and/or wallet provider headquartered in Singapore with a registered office in Australia"; Amit Bhardwaj, Ajay Bhardwaj, and Hemant Bhope at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Bitfinex & Tether to pay $18.5M to settle criminal investigation

February 25, 2021 - Seven cryptocurrency firms, six of which are domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, including Bitfinex and Tether, have agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a criminal investigation by the New York State Attorney General, Letitia James.

New York AG v. Bitfinex et al: Settlement Agreement

February 25, 2021 - Settlement Agreement between the New York State Attorney General and seven cryptocurrency firms, namely iFinex Inc., the operator of a cryptocurrency exchange known as Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, and Tether Limited, of Hong Kong. A copy of the agreement was attached to a letter filed by class action plaintiffs in a separate but related civil action alleging fraud.

SEC v. Paragon Coin Inc.: Application to Enforce Settlement

February 24, 2021 - Application for a judgment enforcing compliance with an SEC Order regarding the alleged sale of digital tokens without being registered as securities in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Paragon Coin Inc., of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

USA v. Tetiana Lukianiuk: Forfeiture Complaint

February 22, 2021 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. "All Funds Previously Seized From Binance Holdings Limited", a cryptocurrency exchange domiciled in the Cayman Islands, in an account that "is registered to a 20-year-old Ukrainian national named Tetiana Lukianiuk" and is associated with an alleged extortion scheme against three unidentified U.S.-based companies involving ransomware known as NetWalker, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

AU Card LLC v. Galaxy Digital Trading Cayman LLC: Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award

February 18, 2021 - Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award in AU Card LLC, of Delaware v. Galaxy Digital Trading Cayman LLC, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "unlicensed Virtual Currency Business", at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Galaxy Digital Trading Cayman LLC v. AU Card LLC: Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award

February 16, 2021 - Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award in "a dispute involving Bitcoin" in Galaxy Digital Trading Cayman LLC, of the Cayman Islands v. AU Card LLC, of Delaware, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Poland: Damian Gajos et al

February 05, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence regarding "Bitcoin wallets" from Bittrex Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Damian Gajos, Adrian Wiecek, Dariusz Myslak, and Kazimierz Pustelnik "for money laundering and endangering the lives and health of many people" involving "designer drugs".

William Laggner et al v. Uphold Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

February 03, 2021 - Winding Up Petition in William Laggner, Bearing Ventures LLC, Innovasia Capital Partners LP, West End Capital II LLC, Charles Simmons, Peter Kearns, Eric Samra, Noam Eliahu, and Michael Zaitsev, all of the USA v. Uphold Ltd., which "operates in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

SEC v. Kristijan Krstic et al: Complaint

February 01, 2021 - Complaint alleging securities fraud based around cryptocurrency in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kristijan Krstic, a.k.a. Felix Logan, described as "a Serbian-Australian national who was domiciled in the Philippines"; John DeMarr, and Robin Enos at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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David Marchant
As any fule kno, the biggest enemy of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial crime is transparency, while their best friend is secrecy. That's why the unprecedented mass sealing of cases that's taking place at the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands is repugnant to anyone with a genuine concern for financial crime.