United States District Court for the Central District of California

Rick Ames et al v. Patrick Nelson et al: Complaint (‘$75M Securities Fraud & Elder Financial Abuse’)

Complaint alleging "a Ponzi scheme with a slight twist" in Rick Ames et al v. Patrick Nelson, Nelson Partners LLC, Axonic Capital LLC, Clayton DeGiancinto, AXSPV LLC Series NB CRE Lender, AXSPV LLC Series SBL CRE Lender, AXSPV LLC Series ACO CRE Lender, Burgundy 523 Offshore Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Axonic Special Opportunities SBL Master Fund LP, Axonic Credit Opportunities Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, and NP Skyloft DST at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Patokh Chodiev v. First Idea International Ltd.: Discovery Application (England)

Application by Patokh Chodiev, described as "a successful and 16 respected international businessperson, author and philanthropist", to take discovery from First Idea International Ltd., "a self-described 'strategic advisory boutique'", for use in legal proceedings in England "against Refinitiv Limited for violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation because Refinitiv published an unsupported, inaccurate, misleading, and damaging report on Mr. Chodiev in its World-Check Risk Intelligence Service database that First Idea appears to have urged Refinitiv to publish", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Adonis Real et al v. Yuga Labs Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint (‘ApeCoin Crypto Fraud’)

Class Action Complaint "on behalf of all investors who purchased Yuga's non-fungible tokens or ApeCoin tokens between April 23, 2021 and the present" in Adonis Real and Adam Titcher v. Yuga Labs, Inc., Wylie Aronow, Greg Solano, Kerem Atalay, Zeshan Ali, Nicole Muniz, Jasmin Shoemaker, Patrick Ehrlund, Christopher Lyons, Alexis Ohanian, Amy Wu, Maaria Bajwa, Dean Steinbeck, Guy Oseary, Mike Winkelmann, Madonna Louise Ciccone, Paris Hilton, James Fallon, a.k.a. Jimmy Fallon; Electric Hot Dog, Inc., Universal Television, LLC, Justin Bieber, Gwyneth Paltrow, Serena Williams, Thomas Pentz, Austin Richard Post, a.k.a. Post Malone; Calvin Broadus, Jr., a.k.a. Snoop Dogg; Kevin Hart, Alexander Pall, Andrew Taggart, Wardell Stephen Curry II, Nayvadius Wilburn Cash, Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd; Khaled Mohammed Khaled, adidas America Inc., adidas Ventures B.V., of the Netherlands; Ivan Soto-Wright, and MoonPay USA LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Silver Screen Films Inc. v. Hollywood Media Venture LLC et al: Complaint (‘Fraudulent Movie Financing Scheme’)

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent movie financing scheme" in Silver Screen Films Inc., formerly Silver Screen Finance Inc., of the Cayman Islands v. Hollywood Media Venture LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures I LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures II LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures Holdings LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures Holdings II LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures Management LLC, Hollywood Media Venture Partners LLC, Hollywood Media Venture Productions I LLC, Production Capital LLC, Production Capital Corp., Burgee & Abramoff P.C., Knightsbridge Entertainment Inc., Base FX Productions Switzerland AG, of Switzerland; Kevin Robl, Remington William Chase, Robert William Abramoff, and Mohamed Shaaban at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Newpoint Financial Corp. v. Bermuda Monetary Authority et al: Complaint ($25M)

Complaint for damages of $25 million alleging "blatant, intentional bad faith malfeasance in denying Plaintiff’s Newpoint Financial Corp. application to obtain a controlling interest in a Bermudian insurance company [Citadel Reinsurance Company Limited] without any, much less good, cause" in Newpoint Financial Corp., a Delaware company based in California v. Bermuda Monetary Authority, Gerald Gakundi, described as "Director for the Insurance Supervision Department at the BMA", and Susan Davis-Crockwell, described as "Deputy Director of Enforcement for the Legal Services and Enforcement Department at the BMA", at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Sheikh Walid bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim v. David Britt: Discovery Application (England Proceedings)

Application by Sheikh Walid bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim, described as a citizen of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from John David Britt, described as a citizen of the United States, for use in legal proceedings in England in which "Sheikh Mohamed bin Issa al Jaber sued Applicant and his brother Sheikh Majid bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim over a USD $ 30 million payment made in 2002 by al Jaber to a company owned by Sheikh Majid", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Cambridge Sarnano Ltd. et al v. Kevin Robl et al: Complaint (‘$117M Fraud’)

Complaint alleging the defendants "swindled Plaintiffs out of tens of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme outrageous even by Hollywood standards" in Capital Providers of Cambridge Sarnano LLC, Cambridge Sarnano Ltd., of England, and The Final Investors LLC v. Kevin Robl, Remington Chase, a.k.a. William Westwood, a.k.a. William Eliot, and Production Capital LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Adeel Ashraf v. MINISO Group Holding Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Adeel Ashraf v. MINISO Group Holding Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "purports to be a fast-growing global value retailer which serves consumers primarily through its large network of MINISO stores"; Guofe Ye, Saiyin Zhang, Minxin Li, Donald J. Puglisi, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, BofA Securities Inc., and Puglisi & Associates at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: Motion to File Second Amended Complaint (‘$12M COVID Vaccine Scam’)

Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint alleging the plaintiff "was deceptively lured into an elaborate scam to advance the sum of 12.2 million U.S. dollars for one million nonexistent doses of AstraZeneca vaccine" for COVID-19 and to add James L. Scott, a lawyer in Michigan, and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, a law firm in Michigan, as defendants for alleged malpractice in Radical Investments Ltd., a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California, and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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.

USA v. 40.997711 Ethereum: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. 40.997711 Ethereum digital currency in an account at Binance cryptocurrency exchange that is believed to be the proceeds of a fraud against the operator of "an investment vehicle which invests in digital currencies, including Ethereum" who had an account at another cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Los Angeles ‘Mansion’: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Armenia Corruption’)

Forfeiture Complaint regarding a "multi-million dollar mansion located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California" that is "traceable to unlawful bribes paid for the benefit of Gagik Khachatryan, the former minister of finance of the Republic of Armenia, and his sons Gurgen Khachatryan and Artyom Khachatryan, and related money laundering transactions" in USA v. Real Property in Los Angeles, California at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mark Dias et al v. Spartan Micro Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in Mark Dias, Shanghai Yonghua Capital Investment Management Co. Ltd., of China; Suzhou Quantong Medical Tech. Co. Ltd., of China; Powerful Anchor (Cayman) Limited, a Cayman Islands company based in Singapore, and Yongyun (Cayman) Limited, a Cayman Islands company based in China v. Spartan Micro Inc., Eric Stoppenhagen, and Thomas Gardner at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Maniraj Gnanaraj v. Lilium NV et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Maniraj Ashirwad Gnanaraj v. Lilium NV, formerly Qell Acquisition Corp., described as a Netherlands-domiciled company based in Germany; Barry Engle, Daniel Wiegand, and Geoffrey Richardson at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Sylebra Capital Partners Master Fund Ltd. et al v. Everbridge Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Sylebra Capital Partners Master Fund Ltd., Sylebra Capital Parc Master Fund, and Sylebra Capital Menlo Master Fund, all of the Cayman Islands v. Everbridge Inc., described as "a global software company that provides enterprise software applications to automate and accelerate organizations' operational response to "critical events" in order to keep people safe and organizations running"; David Meredith, Patrick Brickley, and Jaime Ellerton at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

MetaQuotes Ltd. et al v. MetaQuotes Software Corp. et al: TRO Application

Plaintiffs' ex parte application for a temporary restraining order in MetaQuotes Ltd., of Cyprus, and MetaQuotes Software Corp., of the Bahamas v. MetaQuotes Software Corp., of California; Standard Fintech Consulting Inc., of California; FXCA Markets Limited, of California; Peijie Liu, and Jian He at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

MetaQuotes Ltd. et al v. MetaQuotes Software Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint "to stop defendants ... from using Plaintiffs' trademark as part of a criminal enterprise to confuse the Real MetaQuotes customers into unintentionally paying money to the Counterfeit MetaQuotes and to immediately freeze the assets of Counterfeit MetaQuotes’, Counterfeit FXCA, Peijie Lu, and Jian Hein" in MetaQuotes Ltd., of Cyprus, and MetaQuotes Software Corp., of the Bahamas v. MetaQuotes Software Corp., of California; Standard Fintech Consulting Inc., of California; FXCA Markets Limited, of California; Peijie Liu, and Jian He at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Base Media Technology Group Ltd. v. Remington ‘Bill’ Chase et al: Complaint (‘Film Finance Fraud’)

Complaint alleging "Defendant Remington Chase and Defendant Kevin Robl engaged in a complex scheme to defraud their investors, claiming that the funds they raised would be used to finance film projects by Plaintiff Base Media Technology Group Limited, when in fact they were siphoning off most of the funds for their own use" in Base Media Technology Group Limited, of China v. Remington 'Bill' Chase, described as "a former child actor and well-known'“bridge financier'"; Kevin Robl, Production Capital Corp., Production Capital LLC, Production Capital Entertainment Inc., Production Capital LLC, Production Capital Legacy Partners LP, Friends of Production Capital, Friends of Production Capital II LLC, The Production House Ltd., Production House of Cinema Inc., Production House International LLC, Knightsbridge Entertainment, Inc., Chasing Air Inc., Base FXD ART Production LLC, of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates; Base FX Inc., and Base Productions Trinidad, of Trinidad and Tobago, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Christina Baer: Complaint

Complaint "for breaches of two different guaranties to two different Receivership Entities that lent hundreds of millions of dollars to companies controlled by Peter Baer" by Bradley C. Sharp, at Receive for Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC v. Christina Baer, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Peter Baer and as Trustee of the Baer Living Trust URD 5/10/95, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Michael Gabriele et al v. Enigma-Bulwark Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Michael Gabriele, of Pennsylvania; David Rocke, of Bermuda, and Leafy Lane Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Enigma-Bulwark Ltd., Enigma-Bulwark Risk Management Inc., Edward W. Withrow III, and Calli Bucci at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Kayla Blacksher v. SafeMoon LLC et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in Kayla Blacksher v. SafeMoon LLC, SafeMoon US LLC, SafeMoon Connect LLC, Tano LLC, SafeMoon Ltd., of England; SafeMoon Protocol Ltd., of England; SafeMoon Media Group Ltd., of England; Braden John Karony, Jack Haines-Davies, of London, England; Ryan Arriaga, Shaun Witriol, Henry 'Hank' Wyatt, Thomas Smith, Kyle Nagy, Jake Paul, Nick Carter, DeAndre Cortez Way, Ben Phillips, Miles Parks McCollum, and Daniel M. Keem at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Bank of America Accounts: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Chinese Bribery Scheme’)

Forfeiture Complaint alleging that "criminal actors known and unknown have conspired to open hundreds of bank accounts at Bank of America through corruption and bribery of bank employees responsible for ensuring BofA's compliance with anti-money laundering and customer identification policies during new account openings, thus providing hundreds of unknown or unverified individuals or organizations with virtually-unfettered access to the U.S. financial system" in USA v. Funds Seized From Accounts at Bank of America NA at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. The Strawberry Peak Trust et al: Complaint (‘$11.4M Fraudulent Transfers’)

Complaint in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC, which are domiciled in California, Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada v. The Strawberry Peak Trust, of Hungary, and Primus Trust Corporation, of Hungary, as Trustee for The Strawberry Peak Trust, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

AIG Europe SA v. Gerard McCaughey et al: Complaint

Complaint in AIG Europe SA, as subrogee of Irish Banking Resolution Corporation Ltd. (in Special Liquidation), of Luxembourg, formerly known as Anglo Irish Banking Corporation Limited v. Gerard McCaughey and Sophie McCaughey, both residents of Los Angeles County, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Nouvel LLC v. Brad Pitt et al: Discovery Application

Application by Nouvel LLC, a California company that, until last year, was the "holding company" of actress Angelina Jolie, to take discovery from William Bradley Pitt, an actor and Angelina Jolie's former husband; Mondo Bongo LLC, described as a California company that is Brad Pitt's "holding company", and Warren Grant, described as "Mr. Pitt's agent and a purported current director of Chateau Miraval", for use in legal proceedings in France and Luxembourg involving Chateau Miraval, described as "a 700-acre estate in the south of France that produces what Wine Spectator magazine has called 'the best rosé in the world'", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Ryan Huegerich v. Floyd Mayweather Jr. et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving "a scheme among various individuals in the cryptocurrency sector to misleadingly promote and sell the digital asset associated with EthereumMax (the EMAX Tokens) to unsuspecting investors" in Ryan Huegerich v. Steve Gentile, Giovanni Perone, Justin French, Kimberly Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Paul Pierce at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Roger Zierenberg v. John Doe: Complaint (‘$434K Crypto Theft’)

Complaint alleging the loss of "$434,586 worth of cryptocurrency in a digital hacking theft" of his account at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange in Roger Zierenberg, a resident of Moorpark, California v. John Doe at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mobiloxx Europe GmbH v. General Finance Corporation et al: Discovery Application

Application by Mobiloxx Europe GmbH, of Germany, to take discovery from General Finance Group Inc. and "current or former officers and directors of General Finance Group Inc., including Marc Perez and Ron Valenta" for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Jose Flores v. Coinbase Global Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency exchange did not allow a client to realize "big gains" from trading in a "stable-coin running on Ethereum" known as GYEN, in Jose Flores v. Coinbase Global Inc. and Coinbase Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of California.

SEC v. Mohammed Pithapurwala et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "unlawful insider trading in the securities of Snap Inc." in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mohammed Pithapurwala, of California; Ammar Kutiyanawalla, of India, and Alifiya Kutiyanawalla, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Shinhan Bank Co. Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint to avoid a "fraudulent transfer" of $166 million regarding an allegedly fraudulent investment schemes involving, inter alia, funds in the Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their successors, subsidiaries and affiliated entities v. Shinhan Bank Co. Ltd., Kookmin Bank Co. Ltd., Korea Securities Finance Corporation, Goldenbridge Asset Management Co. Ltd., JB Asset Management Co., Ltd., Korea Alternative Investment Asset Management Corporation, all of South Korea, and 33 Fund Defendants at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Daishin Securities Co. Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint to avoid a "fraudulent transfer" of $49.7 million regarding an allegedly fraudulent investment schemes involving, inter alia, funds in the Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their successors, subsidiaries and affiliated entities v. Daishin Securities Co. Ltd., of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

AXA Seguros SA de CV v. St. Vincent Medical Center et al: Discovery Application

Application by AXA Seguros SA de CV, described as "a Mexican insurance company and a subsidiary of AXA S.A., the French parent company of one of the largest insurance groups in the world", to take discovery from St. Vincent Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for use in legal proceedings in Mexico involving Irma Gomez Pruneda, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Rolloco Holdings Inc. et al v. Baker & Hostetler LLP: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding an investment "of $2.81M in a purported condominium development project to be built in Desert Hot Springs, California" in Rolloco Holdings Inc., of Canada; Cathy Rollo, and Tony Rollo at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Faycal Rafiq: Extradition Complaint

Complaint to extradite Faycal Rafiq from the USA to the United Kingdom to face allegations of fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Carl Jensen et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an ongoing offering fraud" involving "Chinese and Mexican and bearer bonds" that "has raised over $7 million from more than 75 investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carl Jensen, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Australia, and Stephen W. Gold, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, as Defendants, and Kerry Margolis, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Germany, and Michael Hock, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Uulala Inc.: Judgment ($300,000)

Final Judgment in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Uulala Inc. at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Brian Kang et al v. Hybrid Trade Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging theft, misappropriation, and securities fraud regarding the raising of $50 million "from investors based around the world, including within the United States" from the sale of "digital tokens" that were "neither registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission nor qualified for any exemption from registration with the SEC, thereby depriving investors of the benefit of the disclosures required by the federal securities laws" in Brian Kang, Skyblock LLC, Mid-Wilshire Consulting LLC, Prasad Hurra, David Kim, Blue Rock Group, Artemio Verduzo, David Kwon, and Young Jae Kwon v. Hybrid Trade Limited, described as operating from addresses in Hong Kong, Malta, and Singapore; Asia Digital Asset Exchange, described as operating from an address in Cyprus; Allysian Sciences, Apolo Ohno, a former Olympic speed skating champion; Rod Jao, Eugenio Pugliese, and Henry Liu at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.