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USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Forfeiture Complaint

September 16, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency and Cash allegedly derived from "a large scale, sophisticated 'phishing' campaign" by Russian nationals Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi that targeted cryptocurrency exchanges, including Poloniex, based in San Francisco, domiciled in Delaware; Binance, based in Hong Kong, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and Gemini Trust Company LLC, based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Unikrn settles SEC action regarding $31M 'unregistered' Bermuda crypto sale

September 15, 2020 - Seattle-based online sports gaming operator Unikrn Inc. has agreed to pay a fine of $6.1 million to settle an administrative action by the SEC alleging it raised $31 million through the sale of unregistered securities by its Bermuda subsidiary in the form of digital tokens.

Unikrn, Inc.: $6.1M Penalty

September 15, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a $6.1 million penalty on Unikrn, Inc., described as Delaware-domiciled, Washington State-based "operator of an online eSports gaming and gambling platform", regarding an unregistered securities offering of a digital token known as UnikoinGold that, inter alia, involved Bermuda-domiciled Unikrn Bermuda Ltd., before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Editor's Note: Registers of Directors & Officers and Members for Unikrn Bermuda Ltd. that were obtained by OffshoreAlert from the company's registered agent in 2018 showed that, as of August 16, 2018, the sole shareholder of the company was Unikrn Inc. and that its directors were David Antivilo, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who was also Chief Compliance Officer; Kingsley Edwards, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Christopher G. Garrod, and Jacqueline King, both of Bermuda. On the Government of Bermuda's website, the current directors of the company are identified as Karl Flores, of Australia; Rahul Sood, of Washington State, USA; Christopher Garrod, and Jacqueline King. On Unirkn's website at www.unikrn.com, it is stated that the group was "Established in 2014 as a collaboration between Rahul Sood and Karl Flores".

Binance Holdings Ltd.: Corporate Information

September 14, 2020 - Corporate Information for Binance Holdings Limited obtained from the Cayman Islands General Registry on September 14th, 2020.

Cayman crypto exchange Binance sued for 'laundering $9M Japan theft proceeds'

September 14, 2020 - Cayman Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings Limited is being sued in California for allegedly laundering more than $9 million of cryptocurrency stolen from a Japanese exchange.

Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc. v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Complaint

September 14, 2020 - Complaint alleging "the laundering of stolen cryptocurrency" in Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc., described as "a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange" v. Binance Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands cryptocurrency exchange described as "a 'go-to' location for cybercriminals to convert purloined cryptocurrency to other cryptocurrency or cash", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Forex Birds Ltd. et al: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

September 03, 2020 - Emergency Cease and Desist Order for alleged fraud and the sale of unregistered securities involving "cryptocurrency trading investment programs" in Texas State Securities Board v. Forex Birds Ltd., Kumar Babu Gondesi, a citizen of India; Eric Balusek, a.k.a. Darwin Eric Balusek, a.k.a. Bitcoin Pope, all of England and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Pek Universe, of Australia.

Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation: Bittrex Inc. et al's Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint

September 03, 2020 - Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint styled as 'Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation' by Bittrex Inc. and Poloniex LLC in David Leibowitz et al v. iFinex Inc. et al at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation: Reginald Fowler's Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint

September 03, 2020 - Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint styled as 'Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation' by Reginald Fowler in David Leibowitz et al v. iFinex Inc. et al at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation: Philip Potter's Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint

September 03, 2020 - Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint styled as 'Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation' by Philip G. Potter in David Leibowitz et al v. iFinex Inc. et al at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
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.