Crypto

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Brandon Ng & Cookie Choi’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs

Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs by Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi after a Temporary Asset Freeze Order against them was dismissed in a case in which they have been accused of stealing Bitcoin worth $80 million in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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.

SEC v. Metavine Pty. Ltd.: Settlement

Stipulation Consenting to Judgment in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Metavine Pty. Ltd., of Australia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Crowd Machine Inc. et al: Settlement

Stipulation with Proposed Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Crowd Machine Inc. and Metavine Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Craig Sproule: Settlement

Stipulation with Proposed Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Craig Sproule, a citizen of Australia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Crowd Machine Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a "fraudulent and unregistered" cryptocurrency offering that "raised more than $33 million from hundreds of investors" and involved entities in Australia, Cayman Islands, South Africa, and United States in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Crowd Machine Inc., of Delaware; Metavine Inc., of Delaware, and Craig Derel Sproule, a citizen of Australia, as Defendants, and Metavine Pty. Ltd., of Australia, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Travala Ltd.: Strike Off Notice (2022)

First Gazette Notice by the United Kingdom's Registrar of Companies that Travala Limited will be compulsorily struck off "unless cause is shown to the contrary" within two months.

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.

Walter Clark v. CMEgro.top et al: Complaint (‘$346K Crypto Theft’)

Complaint alleging the loss of "$346,000 worth of cryptocurrency in a digital hacking theft" in Walter Clark, of Empire, California v. CMEgro.top, described as a cryptocurrency exchange and "an unknown entity", and John Does at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Steven Kowalski v. Brandon Ng et al: Transcript of ‘Motion to Dissolve Injunction’ Hearing

Transcript of evidentiary hearing on a motion by Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi to dissolve an asset freeze injunction in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Steven Kowalski v. Brandon Ng et al: Order Dissolving Injunction

Order dissolving freeze injunction against Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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

Class Action Complaint alleging the defendants operate a cryptocurrency investment platform that is "a house of cards, built on false promises and factually impossible representations that were specifically designed to take advantage of the cryptocurrency craze to the direct detriment of any ordinary investor" in Mark Cassidy v. Voyager Digital Ltd., of British Columbia, Canada and Voyager Digital LLC, of Delaware, which collectively "operate a multi-billion-dollar mobile application cryptocurrency investment service", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

GBM Foundation Company Ltd.: Directors

Director Details for GBM Foundation Company Ltd., d.b.a. BitMart, obtained from the Cayman Islands General Registry on December 23rd, 2021.

Green Sands Investment Club B LLC v. Crypto Lotus Fund A LP et al: Dismissal Order

Voluntary Dismissal of a complaint alleging fraud in Green Sands Investment Club B LLC v. Crypto Lotus Fund A LP, described in the complaint as a Delaware-domiciled “cryptocurrency hedge fund” with an affiliate in the Cayman Islands, and Jonas Lauren Norr, described as a resident of California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Alameda.

Jia Li et al v. BitMart: Complaint to Enforce Settlement Agreement

Complaint alleging breach of a final settlement agreement involving an alleged fraud by a cryptocurrency exchange in Jia Li, of China, and David Hsiao, of California v. GBM Foundation Company Ltd., d.b.a. BitMart, of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. Bitcoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Rei Ishii)

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. 3879.16242937 Bitcoin that are allegedly the proceeds of a $154 million alleged fraud by Rei Ishii, described as "a dual national of the United States and Japan" and "a former employee of Sony Life Insurance Company Ltd.", involving accounts in Bermuda, Japan and the USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

USA v. Bitcoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Tarun Kumar Arora)

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. 10.19321397 Bitcoin regarding a "fake cryptocurrency wallet" scheme that defrauded a "single known victim" out of "approximately 12.51 Bitcoin" at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern 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.

USA v. Bitcoin Tokens: Forfeiture (Jerad Colt Barnes)

Motion to File Forfeiture Complaint Under Seal in USA v. Bitcoin Tokens, Crypto.com Tokens, Ejin Coin Tokens, Ethereum Tokens, Lisk Tokens, Basic Attention Tokens, Golem Network Tokens, Komodo Tokens, and Monaco Tokens seized from Jerad Colt Barnes, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison on February 25th, 2021 after pleading guilty to narcotics trafficking, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

USA v. Coinbase Crypto Account: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency held in an account at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Inc. that is "derived from proceeds of wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy ... and property involved in monetary transactions and money laundering conspiracy", at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

USA v. 9.881 Bitcoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Fernando Berrocal)

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. 9.881 Bitcoin "voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement" by Fernando Berrocal, who is suspected of laundering the proceeds of "illegal gambling, narcotics trafficking and various financial frauds", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Matthew Anderson et al v. Bitfinex et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging cryptocurrency fraud in Tether Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether International Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Operations Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., all of the British Virgin Islands and collectively doing business as Bitfinex, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

NMVA Ltd.: Directive

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a Directive on NMVA Ltd., a virtual financial assets company, to "cease the on-boarding of new clients with immediate effect".

Argonautic Ventures Master SPC et al v. Azoth Investment SPV Ltd. et al: Removal

Notice of Removal of a complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Harrison Hines, of Puerto Rico, and Argonautic Ventures Master SPC, of the Cayman Islands v. Azoth Investment SPV Ltd., of Delaware; Yuchen Shi, and Tamara Frankel, both of San Francisco, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Ivars Auzins: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent offer and sale of unregistered securities, including digital asset securities" involving "the Denaro initial coin offering and "the Innovamine cloud mining platform" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ivars Auzins, a.k.a. Ron Ramsey, a.k.a. Daniel Gaines, described as a citizen and resident of Latvia, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Howard E. Wolf et al v. Layer1 Technologies Inc.: Complaint

Complaint "to make certain of its books and records available for inspection by Plaintiffs" for an investigation into suspected "mismanagement or wrongdoing" involving transactions with Switzerland-based Enigma Holding AG and "a Shanghai-based semiconductor company and its cryptocurrency subsidiary" in Howard E. Wolf, The Rogers Family 1995 Trust, The Geier Family Trust UTA Dated May 8, 2003, WhoKnew Ventures LLC, Paul Sebexen, and Blockbase Group DWC-LLC v. Layer1 Technologies Inc., described as "a Bitcoin mining, technology, and factory development company headquartered in San Francisco, California", at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

Troy Hogg et al v. Stephen Braverman et al: Summons With Notice

Summons With Notice for damages of $395 million alleging fraud and misappropriation regarding a cryptocurrency scheme in Troy James Hogg, a citizen of Canada, individually, and Leila Holdings Ltd., of Bermuda, derivatively on behalf of Arbitrade Ltd., also of Bermuda v. Stephen Lance Braverman, Kent Mason Swig, Dignity Mining Group LLC, Charles Hamlin Woodworth, Daniel Francis Sweet, Coinmint LLC, of Puerto Rico; Prieur Leary, Hayden Gill, Max Warren Barber, William Richard Saunders, Shaun L. Heseltine, ABCOR International Ltd., of Belize; Scotia International of Nevada Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of the United Arab Emirates; Jeffrey Muller, Victor George Webb, G4S Cash Services LLC, of the United Arab Emirates; Peter Walters, Kaled Swlaiman Salem Bokhem, Silver Estate Management Ltd., of Wyoming; E. Warren Goss, and Impact Partners, of New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Dr. Jonathan Levy v. OneCoin: News Release & Petition

News Release and Petition by Dr. Jonathan Levy, a lawyer based in England, "acting on behalf of investors and creditors of OneCoin", described as "one of the largest and most successful financial pyramids in history", seeking "an investigation of misfeasance by the Bulgarian government" for taking "no steps to seize assets from OneCoin including real estate, bank accounts, and 230,000 Bitcoins worth over €12 billion".

Kamil Kuklineski v. Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd. et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal of a Class Action Complaint alleging unjust enrichment and violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act in Kamil Kuplineski, a resident of Illinois v. Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd., d.b.a. Binance, described as a cryptocurrency exchange that is domiciled in the British Virgin Islands after being "initially founded in China" before moving to Japan, then Malta, and denying it was domiciled in the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services, d.b.a. Binance US, described as a Delaware company based in San Francisco, and Jumio Corporation at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

SEC v. Terraform Labs Pte Ltd. et al: ‘Subpoena Compliance’ Application

SEC's application for an order to show cause and requiring compliance with subpoenas in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Terraform Labs Pte Ltd., described as "a Singapore-incorporated computer programming and digital asset company", and Do Kwon, of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Samir Bandali v. CoinPayments Inc. et al: Ruling

Transcript of Ex Tempore Ruling regarding a claim for $10 million alleging stolen cryptocurrency in Samir Bandali, a citizen of Canada residing in the Cayman Islands v. CoinPayments Inc., described as conducting "business from the Cayman Islands offering worldwide cryptocurrency merchant processing services and individual cryptocurrency accounts", and Oleksandr Aleksandrov, a.k.a. Alex Alexandrov, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Green Sands Investment Club B LLC v. Crypto Lotus Fund A LP et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Green Sands Investment Club B LLC v. Crypto Lotus Fund A LP, described as a Delaware-domiciled "cryptocurrency hedge fund" with an affiliate in the Cayman Islands, and Jonas Lauren Norr, described as a resident of California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Alameda.

Terraform Labs Pte Ltd. et al v. SEC: Complaint

Complaint in Terraform Labs Pte Ltd., of Singapore, described as "the developer of Terra, a decentralized and open-source public blockchain network, and the Mirror Protocol, a decentralized finance protocol built on Terra that is governed by its stakeholder community", and Do Kwon, a citizen and resident of South Korea v. U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Think Capital Ltd.: Investigation Notice

Announcement by Intel Suisse, a financial investigation and asset recovery firm, that it "has been engaged to investigate and seek recovery of financial losses arising from multiple trading platform failures at online tradng platform Thinkmarkets, a global portal offered by Think Capital Limited of Bermuda".

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Freeze Application

Application for a Temporary Injunction in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Italy: Paxful Inc.

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Paxful Inc., described as a cruptocurrency exchange - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Italy - for a criminal investigation into unknown persons for "illegally offering the sale of vials of counterfeit Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine".

Robert Guarini v. Binance et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging "a fraudulent scheme that sought to, and ultimately did, steal $680,000 worth of cryptocurrency from Plaintiff" in Robert Guarini v. John Doe and Binance, of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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BVI crypto firms Tether and Bitfinex fined $42.5M by US regulator

British Virgin Islands-domiciled crypto 'stablecoin' group Tether has been fined $41 million for fraud by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which also fined BVI crypto exchange Bitfinex $1.5 million for unlicensed activity and other offenses.