Fraud

USA v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: $351K Crypto Seizure Application

Application for a Warrant to Seize cryptocurrency up to $351,000 that is believed to be the proceeds of fraud in USA v. Binance Holdings Limited, described as a cryptocurrency exchange with an address in Malta, at the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Brendan Sullivan v. Bill Hwang et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud arising "from the collapse of Archegos, an investment firm" in Brendan Sullivan, "a former Managing Director at Archegos" v. Sung Kook Bill Hwang, Archegos Capital Management LP, Archegos Capital Management LLC, The Grace and Mercy Foundation Inc., Archegos Fund LP, EWM LLC, d.b.a. EWM Global; Andy Mills, Diana Pae, Brian Jones, Scott Becker and Patrick Halligan at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mark Young v. Solana Labs Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud involving cryptocurrency in Mark Young v. Solana Labs Inc., The Solana Foundation, Anatoly Yakovenko, Multicoin Capital Management LLC, Kyle Samani, and FalconX LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Justin Kimbrough et al: Complaint (‘$3M Fraud’)

Complaint alleging the defendants "raised at least $3 million from at least 31 investors through a series of fraudulent, unregistered securities offerings" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Justin R. Kimbrough, of Plano, Texas; Terry Nikopoulos, a citizen of Canada residing in Aurora, Ontario; TKJ Investments Corp., of Canada; TKJ Holdings Corp., of Canada; Preeminent Trade Group Inc., of Canada; The Elyte Group Corp., of Canada, and Prosperity Consultants, LLC. of Texas, at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

SEC v. EmpiresX et al: Complaint (‘$40M Fraud’)

Complaint alleging "an illegal offering fraud scheme" in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida v. Empires Consulting Corp., d.b.a. EmpiresX; Emerson Sousa Pires, described as a citizen and resident of Brazil; Flavio Mendes Gonçalves, described as a citizen and resident of Brazil, and Joshua David Nicholas, described as a resident of Stuart, Florida, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

CFTC v. Mirror Trading International Pty. Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$1.7B Bitcoin Fraud’)

Complaint alleging "an international fraudulent multi-level marketing scheme" that received "at least 29,421 Bitcoin - with a value of over $1,733,838,372" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Mirror Trading International Proprietary Limited and Cornelius, of South Africa, Johannes Steynberg, described as a citizen of South Africa who "was recently detained in the Federative Republic of Brazil on an INTERPOL arrest warrant", at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

SEC v. Shlomo Nir et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging investment fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Shlomo Nir and Tzachi Rahamim, both citizens and residents of Israel, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Chryskylodon LLC v. Markus Schneider et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency mining-based investment fraud in Chryskylodon LLC, of Wyoming v. Markus Schneider, Arastra AG, described as a Swiss company based in New York; Petawatt Holdings Inc., described as a Wyoming company based in New York, and Swiss Picturebank (Group) AG, described as a Swiss company based in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Blue Skye Financial Partners Sàrl v. RedBird Capital Partners et al: Discovery Application (‘Fraudulent €1.2B Sale of AC Milan’)

Application by Blue Skye Financial Partners Sàrl, of Luxembourg, described as "an indirect minority shareholder" of "Italian professional soccer club" AC Milan, to take discovery from RedBird Capital Partners and Elliott Management Corporation for use in legal proceedings in Luxembourg to, inter alia, "annul the improper sale of the club" due to "fraud", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Bradley Moynes et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Bradley J. Moynes, described as a citizen and resident of Canada, and Digatrade Financial Corp., of Vancouver, Canada, as Defendants, and Vancap Ventures Inc., of Canada, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Geluk Capital Management Ltd. et al: $93K Penalties

Administrative Order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $92,688 on Geluk Capital Management Ltd., of the Bahamas, and Douglas Gerald Fathers, of New Jersey, for alleged "misrepresentations".

USA v. Daniel Elie Bouaziz: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging fraud and money laundering involving "fraudulent artwork" in USA v. Daniel Elie Bouaziz, a citizen of France and an "art dealer", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Portugal: Target et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Target, CVS Pharmacy, Sunoco, Dunkin Donuts, Gap Outlet, Whole Foods, Kids Footlocker, Rite Aid Store, Sephora Chestnut, and Di Bruno Brothers - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for aggravated theft, crimes against property, and computer and communications fraud".

Pacific Diversified Investments LLC et al v. The Ramson Group LLC et al: Complaint (‘$12M Ramson Mumba Fraud’)

Complaint alleging fraud by Ramson Mumba, described as "a failed prosperity-gospel preacher turned real-estate promoter" who is a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Houston, Texas, and "his colleagues, Donnet Swaby and Jerome Pemberton" in Pacific Diversified Investments LLC, Texas Sugar North LLC, Texas Dove Cove LLC, Cedar Ridge LLC, and Texas Brick Maze LLC v. The Ramson Group LLC and The Ramson Group Ltd., of the United Kingdom, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Mateo.

Nick Patterson v. Terraform Labs Pte. Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Class Action Complaint alleging cryptocurrency fraud in Nick Patterson v. TerraForm Labs Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Jump Crypto, Jump Trading LLC, Republic Capital, Republic Maximal LLC, Tribe Capital, DeFinance Capital/Definance Technologies Oy, GSR Markets Limited, of Hong Kong; Three Arrows Capital Ptd Ltd., of Singapore; Nicholas Platias and Do Kwon, of South Korea, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Kian Sadaat Yazdi v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application (UAE Proceedings)

Application by Kian Sadaat Yazdi, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Dubai, described as "a shareholder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hassan’s Optician Co., one of the largest optical chains in Kuwait", to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C., Bank of America, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Bank of Baroda, BNP Paribas, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Habib American Bank, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, Standard Chartered Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for legal proceedings in the United Arab Emirates involving suspected fraud and forgery, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Keith Johnson v. Elon Musk et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Dogecoin fraud’)

Class Action Complaint alleging the defendants are "engaged in a Crypto Pyramid Scheme (aka Ponzi scheme) by way of Dogecoin cryptocurrency" in Keith Johnson v. Elon Musk, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., d.b.a. SpaceX, and Tesla Inc. at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Germany: Jürgen Wagentrotz

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Fifth Third Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "Jurgen Kurt Ernst Wagentrotz, former Executive Board Member of Oil & Gas Invest AG, and others for fraud and operating a banking business without a license".

USA v. Casey Alexander: Criminal Complaint (‘$13M UK-Based Investment Fraud’)

Criminal Complaint regarding "a scheme to obtain by fraud and interstate wires investments, primarily from elderly victims across the United States of America, more than $13 million through a purported wine or whiskey investment fraud scheme, which originated in the United Kingdom" in USA v. Casey Alexander, a citizen of the United Kingdom, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Petroteq Energy, Inc. et al: Fines

Administrative Order by the U.S. Securities and exchange Commission imposing fines of $1 million and $450,000, respectively, on Petroteq Energy, Inc., of Canada, and Aleksandr Blyumkin, of California.

Samuel Malamud Eidelman v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Samuel Malamud Eidelman to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Bank Leumi USA, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, Credit Lyonnais, New York Branch; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Scotia Bank, New York Agency; IDB Bank, New York Branch; Coutts Bank Switzerland Ltd., New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank USA, Santander Bank, N.A., and Scotia Capital, Inc. for use in "contemplated" legal proceedings in Peru "against his brother, Jacobo Malamud, and Jacobo’s daughters, Yoselyn Malamud, Yudith Malamud and Caroline Malamud due to the commitment of crimes such as money laundering and tax evasion", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Fundo de Liquidação Financeira v. American Express Bank et al: Discovery Application (‘BRL85M Claim)

Ex Parte Application by Fundo de Liquidação Financeira - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizado to take discovery from American Express Bank, Citibank N.A., Standard Chartered Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, Novo Banco S.A., Wells Fargo Bank N.A., and JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil "against, inter alia, K.G. Serviços e Participações Eireli, Alvaro Maluf a/k/a Maluf Jabur Alvaro, and Paulo Maluf a/ka Maluf Jabur Paulo", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Johnson Family Trust et al v. Saba Capital Management LP et al: TRO Motion

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in Charles B. Johnson, as Trustee of the Johnson Family Trust and Templeton Global Income Fund v. Saba Capital Management LP, Saba Capital Management GP LLC, Saba Capital Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Boaz R. Weinstein, Karen Caldwell, Ketu Desal, Mark Hammitt, and Anatoly Nakum, as Defendants, and First Coast Results Inc., as Nominal Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Johnson Family Trust et al v. Saba Capital Management LP et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging violation of the Securities Exchange Act in Charles B. Johnson, as Trustee of the Johnson Family Trust and Templeton Global Income Fund v. Saba Capital Management LP, Saba Capital Management GP LLC, Saba Capital Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Boaz R. Weinstein, Karen Caldwell, Ketu Desal, Mark Hammitt, and Anatoly Nakum, as Defendants, and First Coast Results Inc., as Nominal Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kijani Resources Ltd. et al: Investor Notice (‘Simon Hooper Approach’)

'Investor Notice' by PwC, as liquidators of Kijani Resources Limited and Ratio Limited, both of Gibraltar, warning them about a solicitation from Simon Hooper, a British convicted fraudster whom the liquidators described as "a former director of both companies", regarding the Kijani Commodity Funds.

SEC v. Trends Investments Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a scheme to defraud investors in private offerings of shares in publicly traded companies" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Trends Investments Inc., Brandon Rossetti, Clinton Greyling, Leslie Greyling, described as a citizen of South Africa residing in the United Kingdom; Roger Bendelac, and Thomas Capellini at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Credendo – Short-Term Non-EU Risks v. DealDefenders LLC: Discovery Application

Application by Credendo - Short-Term Non-EU Risks, described as "a quasi-governmental insurance company headquartered in Belgium that provides credit insurance to companies in Italy through its branch office in Milan", to take discovery from DealDefenders LLC for use in "contemplated criminal proceedings" and "anticipated civil proceedings" in Italy involving a "suspected fraudulent insurance claim submissions" by "Milan-based Golem.com Srl, which provides products and services to the telecom industry", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

IRA Financial Trust v. Gemini Trust Company LLC: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud, negligence, and defamation in IRA Financial Trust, described as "a leading provider of self-directed retirement accounts" v. Gemini Trust Company LLC, described as "a prominent crypto-asset exchange owned by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss that claims to have more than $30 billion of assets under management", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. George Stubos et al: TRO Motion

Ex Parte Application for a Temporary Asset Freeze Order in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. George Stubos, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, as Defendant, and Dori-Ann Stubos, described as the Defendant’s wife, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. George Stubos et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a sophisticated scheme that defrauded numerous retail investors" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. George Stubos, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, as Defendant, and Dori-Ann Stubos, described as the Defendant's wife, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Germany: Wells Fargo (‘Fred L. Bethel, Jr. account’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo regarding an account in the name of Fred L. Bethel, Jr. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s)" for suspected fraud and money laundering.

Germany: Jorg Peter Molt (‘Bitcoin Pension fraud’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BitGo.com - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Jorg Peter Molt for a suspected cryptocurrency investment fraud known as 'Bitcoin Pension'.

CFTC v. Gemini Trust Company LLC: Complaint (‘Gemini Bitcoin Auction’)

Complaint alleging fraud involving "a bitcoin futures contract" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Gemini Trust Company LLC, described as a New York company "whose business is to operate a digital asset trading platform and to offer custodial and related services", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Gulf Investment Corporation et al v. Port Link GP Ltd.: Amended Complaint

Amended Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim alleging “a corrupt scheme to launder money or conceal corruption and fraud” in Gulf Investment Corporation, of Kuwait, and General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority, of Qatar v. Port Link GP Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Mark Eric Williams, of Georgia, USA; Wellspring Capital Group Inc., of Georgia, USA; KGL Investment Company Asia, of the Cayman Islands; Apache Asia Limited, of Hong Kong; Apache Asia Limited, of Macao; Ronald Henry Ayliffe, of Singapore, and Elite First Investment Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

SEC v. Hugues Pierre Joublin: Complaint

Complaint alleging "insider trading by Joublin based on confidential information Joublin obtained while employed at AstraZeneca PLC" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Hugues Pierre Joublin, described as a resident of France, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bureau Veritas Brazil et al v. Gaivota LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Bureau Veritas do Brasil Sociedade Classificadora e Certificadora Ltda, BVQI do Brasil Sociedade Certificadora Ltda, and Kuhlmann Monitoramento Agricola Ltda, all of Brazil, to take discovery from Gaivota, LLC, of Delaware; Alexandre Spitz, and Ram Rajagopal for use in "ongoing judicial proceedings in Brazil and an international tribunal in the International Chamber of Commerce regarding Eduardo Chabassus Kuhlmann Junior and Leila Maria Martins Kuhlmann's various breaches of a Quota Purchase Agreement", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.