Crypto

Christopher Rackauckas v. SafeMoon LLC et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Class Action Complaint alleging cryptocurrency fraud in Christopher Rackauckas 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; David Portnoy, Braden John Karony, Jack Haines-Davies, Ryan Arriaga, Shaun Witriol, Henry 'Hank' Wyatt, Thomas Smith, Kyle Nagy, Jake Paul, Nick Carter, DeAndre Cortez Way, Ben Phillips, described as a resident of London, England; Miles Parks McCollum, and Daniel M. Keem at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Kenneth Donovan et al v. GMO-Z.com Trust Company Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging negligence, conversion, and fraud involving a cryptocurrency called GYEN, described as a "stablecoin" that is "purportedly 'pegged' to the Japanese yen at a rate of one-to-one", in Kenneth Donovan and Hussien Kassfy v. GMO-Z.com Trust Company Inc., described as a New York company that was created by "a Tokyo-based internet services industry company" called GMO Internet Group; Coinbase Global Inc., and Coinbase Inc., both of Delaware, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern 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.

Portugal: Wells Fargo (‘Crypto-Based Asset Recovery Fraud’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject" for a suspected cryptocurrency-related asset recovery fraud following an apparent cryptocurrency-related investment fraud.

CFTC v. Samuel Reed: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Samuel Reed regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Benjamin Delo: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Benjamin Delo regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Arthur Hayes: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Arthur Hayes regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ChainSwap Ltd. v. Digital Wallet Owners et al: Judgment (‘Crypto Theft Freezing Injunction’)

Judgment regarding the continuation of a freezing injunction against parties suspected of stealing digital assets in ChainSwap Limited, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "provides a service that allows cryptocurrency tokens to be transferred between different blockchains, known as a cross-chain bridge" v. The Owner of Digital Wallet 0X941A9E3B91E1CC015702B897C512D265FAE88A9, The Owner of Digital Wallet 0XEDA5066780DE29D00DFB54581A707EF6F52D8113, The Owner of Digital Wallet 0XB63F0D8B9AA0C4E68D5630F54BFEFC6CF2C2AD19, The Owner of Digital Wallet 0X196593ADE7CC7EDF18981C7A7DBC2E96000004FB, The Owner of Email Address trumanbroughton@gmail.com, and Other Persons Unknown at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Arthur Hayes: Hayes’ Sentencing Submission

Arthur Hayes' Sentencing Submission in USA v. Arthur Hayes, who pleaded guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act on February 24th, 2022 regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform, of which he was co-founder and CEO, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Matthew Kramer v. Ground Zero Crypto LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and unjust enrichment regarding "a business venture involving an automated market maker protocol to facilitate token swaps using smart contracts and tokens" called SaucerSwap in Matthew Clark Kramer, of Utah v. Ground Zero Crypto LLC, of Maryland; Peter Campbell, of Maine; Joseph Bergvinson, of Canada; Henry He, of New York; Christopher Neil Davenport, of Maryland, and Matthew DeLorenzo, of North Carolina, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Christian Sarcuni et al v. bZx DAO et al: Class Action Complaint (‘$55M Crypto Theft’)

Class Action Complaint alleging negligence regarding the theft by hacking of cryptocurrency worth $55 million in Christian Sarcuni, of Italy; Pedro Cunha, of Portugal; Alexander Lloyd, a citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom; Skliar Viktor, of Ukraine; Marc Simon, of France; Pilici Rustam, of Moldova; Daniel Lu, of China; Clément Ométek, of France; Edison Ho, a citizen of China residing in Hong Kong; Kiro Aleksandrov, of Bulgaria; Jonas Wernecke, of Germany; Paolo Leite, of Brazil; Miras Issakhov, of Kazakhstan, and Daniele Penna, of Italy v. bZx DAO, described as "a purported Decentralized Autonomous Organization that is a general partnership" based in San Diego, California; Kyle Kistner, of San Diego, California; Tom Bean, of Alpharetta, Georgia; Hashed International LLC, of Wyoming; AGE Crypto GP LLC, of Nevada; Ooki DAO, described as "a purported Decentralized Autonomous Organization that is a general partnership" based in San Diego, California; Leveragebox LLC, of Delaware, and bZeroX LLC, of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

USA v. Luiz Capuci, Jr.: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging cryptocurrency-based investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Luiz Capuci, Jr., a.k.a. Junior Capuci, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mark Cassidy v. Voyager Digital Ltd. et al: Amended Class Action Complaint

Amended Class Action Complaint alleging fraud and the sale of unregistered securities in Mark Cassidy v. Voyager Digital Ltd., described as a Canada-domiciled, New York-based "cryptocurrency platform", and Voyager Digital LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New Jersey, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Steven Chiang et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving digital assets in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steven Chiang, a.k.a. Cyrus Kong, described as a resident of Singapore; Eric Tippetts, of Dana Point, California; James Hardy, of San Diego, California; and Maurice 'Butch' Chelliah, of San Diego, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

SEC v. David Mata: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent and unregistered offer and sale of securities" regarding a cryptocurrency-related investment scheme in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. David B. Mata at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Block Bits Capital LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent and unregistered offer and sale of securities" regarding a cryptocurrency-related investment scheme in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Block Bits Capital LLC, Block Bits Capital GP I LLC, and Japheth Dillman at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Envestio SI OÜ v. Payward Inc.: Judicial Assistance

Ex Parte application on behalf of the Harju County Court of Tallinn, Estonia to take discovery from Payward Inc., described as "a virtual currency wallet service provider", for use in bankruptcy proceedings against Envestio SI OÜ and involving suspected fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Chet Stojanovich: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging the defendant "obtained money and cryptocurrency from individuals and businesses for the purchase of cryptocurrency-mining computers and Miner-hosting services through false and fraudulent representations regarding Stojanovich's acquisition and possession of Miners and his provision of Miner-hosting services" in USA v. Chet Stojanovich at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Mining Capital Coin et al: TRO Motion

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order regarding an alleged cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. MCC International Corp., d.b.a. Mining Capital Coin Corp., of Massachusetts; CPTLCoin Corp., of Massachusetts; Bitchain Exchanges, described as "an unincorporated organization or association"; Luiz Carlos Capuci Jr., a.k.a. Junior Caputti, described as a citizen of Brazil and the USA residing in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Emerson Sousa Pires, described as a citizen and resident of Brazil, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Mining Capital Coin et al: Complaint (‘Crypto-Based Investment Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. MCC International Corp., d.b.a. Mining Capital Coin Corp., of Massachusetts; CPTLCoin Corp., of Massachusetts; Bitchain Exchanges, described as "an unincorporated organization or association"; Luiz Carlos Capuci Jr., a.k.a. Junior Caputti, described as a citizen of Brazil and the USA residing in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Emerson Sousa Pires, described as a citizen and resident of Brazil, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Dohrnii Stiftung: ‘Mandated Investigator’

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has appointed a "Mandated Investigator" for Dohrnii Stiftung, which claims on its website at dohrnii.io to be "a digital ecosystem" that offers "education and tools" for investors in cryptocurrency.

tZERO Crypto Inc. v. Brett Buckman: Complaint

Complaint objecting to discharge of debt involving an alleged cryptocurrency-based fraud in tZERO Crypto Inc., of Utah v. Brett Buckman, of Bel Air, Maryland, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

USA v. Christopher Emms et al: Superseding Indictment (‘North Korea Crypto Services’)

Superseding Indictment alleging the defendants "conspired with Virgil Griffith, a cryptocurrency expert and citizen of the United States, to illegally provide cryptocurrency and blockchain technology services to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, in contravention of U.S. sanctions on the DPRK" in USA v. Alejandro Cao de Benós, a citizen of Spains, and Christopher Emms, a citizen of the United Kingdom, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

G Esports Holding GmbH v. BDVL OÜ: Complaint (‘$5.2M NFT Fraud’)

Complaint alleging fraud in G Esports Holding GmbH, d.b.a., G2 Esports, of Germany, described as "one of the world's leading esports' organizations, with a high-profile roster of esports teams and content creators" v. BDVL OÜ, of Estonia, d.b.a. Bondly Sports, described as "a company utilizing blockchain technologies for the development of non-fungible tokens", at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

Dreamr Labs Ltd. v. Delchain Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$20M Crypto Claim’)

Complaint for $20 million alleging fraud and breach of contract involving crypto in Dreamr Labs Limited, of the Bahamas v. Delchain Limited, of the Bahamas; Deltec Bank & Trust Limited, of the Bahamas; Bruno Macchialli, of Porte Vedra, Florida; Suisse Finance Holdings, of Switzerland, and Richard Iamunno, of Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Athena Bitcoin Global v. Shaun Overton et al: Notice of Removal (‘El Salvador’s ‘Bitcoin as Legal Tender’ Project’)

Notice of Removal by the defendants in Athena Bitcoin Global, described as a Nevada-domiciled, Chicago-based company which "has been operating in the Republic of El Salvador assisting the government with the implementation of "Ley Bitcoin" which legalized bitcoin as legal tender" v. Shaun Overton, Neidy Overton, ROI Developers Inc., d.b.a. Accruvia; and unknown individuals and companies at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

CFTC v. Dwayne Golden et al: Complaint (‘$44M Crypto-Based Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a crypto-based investment fraud in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Dwayne Golden, Jatin Patel, described as a citizen and resident of India; Marquis Demarking Egerton, a.k.a. Mardy Eger, and Gregory Aggesen at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. John Barksdale et al: Complaint (‘$124M Crypto-Based Fraud’)

Complaint alleging the defendants "raised at least $124 million from over 20,000 investors" in a crypto-based fraudulent scheme involving Ormeus Global SA, of Panama, and Ormeus Coin, of Hong Kong, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. John Barksdale, described as a citizen of the USA residing in Thailand, and his sister, JonAtina Barksdale, a.k.a. Tina Barksdale, described as a citizen of the USA residing in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Binance & EQONEX Ltd.: UK FCA Statement

Public Statement by the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority regarding "recent statements made by EQONEX Limited and the Binance Group confirming that an entity called Bifinity will advance a US$36 million convertible loan to EQONEX".

CLM v. CLN et al: Judgment (‘$7M Crypto Theft’)

Judgment regarding applications for a worldwide freezing injunction, disclosure orders, and to join defendants in "an action to trace and recover 109.83 Bitcoin and 1497.54 Ethereum that were allegedly misappropriated" in a scheme that, inter alia, involved entities in the Cayman Islands and the Seychelles and which "raised two interesting and novel points of law. First, can stolen cryptocurrency assets be the subject of a proprietary injunction? Second, does the court have jurisdiction to grant interim orders against persons whose identities are presently unknown?" in CLM, an unidentified "national of the United States of America and an entrepreneur" v. CLN, CLO, CLP, CPZ, CQA, CQB, and CQC at Singapore High Court.

Michelle Tsing et al v. Plasmotica LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract and failure to pay wages in Michelle Tsing and Elevate The Blockchain Inc., of Delaware v. Plasmotica LLC, of California; Synsal Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Ned Saleh, who collectively "operated a business wherein they sought to enter the cryptocurrency industry and to develop their own cryptocurrency", at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara.

John Mangano v. BlockFi et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities in John Mangano v. BlockFi Inc., described as "a financial services company that generates revenue through cryptocurrency trading, lending, and borrowing, as well as engaging in proprietary trading"; BlockFi, BlockFi Trading LLC, and BlockFi Lending LLC at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. Samuel Reed: First Superseding Indictment

First Superseding Indictment alleging violations of the Bank Secrecy Act involving a cryptocurrency exchange known as BitMEX, of the Seychelles, in USA v. Samuel Reed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Satish Kumbhani: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging a $2.4 billion investment fraud and money laundering scheme involving BitConnect, which "operated a cryptocurrency investment platform and touted its various investment programs through social media", in USA v. Satish Kurjibhai Kumbhani, described as a citizen of India, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Ephraim Atwal v. Bitfinex: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $670,000 alleging conversion, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and negligence involving the alleged theft of cryptocurrency known as EOS in Ephraim Atawl v. iFinex Inc. , BXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., all described as British Virgin Islands companies based in Hong Kong that operate "Bitfinex, an online platform for exchanging and trading cryptocurrency", at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

BlockFi Lending LLC: $50M Fine

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has imposed a fine of $50 million on BlockFi Lending LLC, a New Jersey-based crypto lender, for regulatory breaches, including "material misrepresentation" and operating as "an Unregistered Investment Company".

EZ Blockchain LLC v. Blaise Energy Power Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint "to regain possession of certain computer equipment–worth more than $4.7 million" in EZ Blockchain LLC, described as a Delaware-domiciled, Chicago-based provider of "mobile blockchain infrastructure" whose "two members are Sergii Gerasymovych and Vlad Rodinoff" v. Blaise Energy Power Inc. and Mark Wald at the U. S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.