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Eric Young et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

November 22, 2019 - Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Eric Young, a resident of Pennsylvania, and Adam Kurtz, a resident of New York v. iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., each described as a British Virgin Islands company based in Hong Kong; Tether Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, described as a Hong Kong company based in Taiwan; DigFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Operations Limited, of Hong Kong, and Tether International Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC v. FTX Trading Ltd. et al: First Amended Complaint

November 08, 2019 - First Amended Complaint alleging cryptocurrency market manipulation, RICO, and fraud in Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC, of Puerto Rico v. FTX Trading Ltd., of Antigua and Barbuda; Alameda Research LLC, of Delaware; Alameda Research Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Samuel Bankman-Fried, of California; Gary Wang, of California; Andy Croghan, of California; Constance Wang, described as a citizen and resident of Hong Kong; Darren Wong, of California, and Caroline Ellison, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

$150M lawsuit alleges crypto fraud by parties in Antigua, BVI, Hong Kong & US

November 04, 2019 - A complaint for damages of $150M for alleged cryptocurrency futures trading fraud and the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business has been filed against individuals and companies in Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, and the United States, including Alameda Research and FTX Trading.

Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC v. FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Complaint

November 02, 2019 - Complaint alleging cryptocurrency market manipulation, RICO, and fraud in Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC, of Puerto Rico v. FTX Trading Ltd., of Antigua and Barbuda; Alameda Research LLC, of Delaware; Alameda Research Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Samuel Bankman-Fried, of California; Gary Wang, of California; Andy Croghan, of California; Constance Wang, described as a citizen and resident of Hong Kong; Darren Wong, of California, and Caroline Ellison, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

US acts against Swiss crypto exchange First Global Credit, now operating as PanXora

November 01, 2019 - Law enforcement and regulators in the US have taken action against Swiss cryptocurrency exchange First Global Credit, which is controlled by Britons Gavin Smith and Marcie Terman and now operates as PanXora, which claims to have affiliates in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Singapore, and UK.

First Global Credit: Domain Seizure

November 01, 2019 - Announcement on the website of Switzerland-domiciled cryptocurrency exchange operator XBT Corp. Sarl, d.b.a. First Global Credit, at www.firstglobalcredit.com that the domain name has been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of the United States. XBT Corp. is controlled and operated by Gavin John Smith and Marcie Debra Terman, both citizens of the United Kingdom.

XBT Corp Sarl: Findings & Sanctions (SEC)

October 31, 2019 - Order Instituting Proceedings, Making Findings and Imposing Sanctions for violating "the registration and exchange trading provisions of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act" against XBT Corp Sarl, d.b.a. First Global Credit, a cryptocurrency exchange firm domiciled in Switzerland, formerly d.b.a. First Global Credit Nevis, before the Securities and Exchange Commission.

XBT Corp. Sarl: Findings & Sanctions (CFTC)

October 31, 2019 - Order Instituting Proceedings, Making Findings and Imposing Remedial Sanctions for failing to register as a Futures Commission Merchant against XBT Corp. Sarl, d.b.a. First Global Credit, a cryptocurrency exchange firm domiciled in Switzerland, before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Glen Jensen et al v. Worldwide Cryptocurrency Investments LLC et al: Complaint

October 29, 2019 - Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-related fraud in Glen Jensen, of Utah, and Epic Global Inc., of Nevada v. Worldwide Cryptocurrency Investments LLC, of Wyoming; Nickelbex, of Hong Kong; Edward Corpus Reyes, of Los Angeles, California, and Alfred Anthony Talahuron, of Temecula, California, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

CFTC v. Blake Kantor et al: Default Judgment

October 23, 2019 - Default judgment regarding an alleged fraud involving a cryptocurrency known as 'ATM Coin' in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Blake Harrison Kantor, a.k.a. Bill Gordon, of New York, NY; Nathan Mullins, of Forest Hills, NY; Blue Bit Banc, described as "a business entity that purports, on its website, to be owned and operated by Biz-E-Bee Services, Ltd. in the U.K."; Blue Bit Analytics Ltd., apparently of the Turks and Caicos Islands; G. Thomas Client Services, of New York, and Mercury Cove Inc., of New York, as Defendants, and Blue Wolf Sales Consultants, of New York, as Relief Defendant, 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.