Crypto

USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein et al: Criminal Complaint (‘$4.5B Stolen Crypto’)

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiring to defraud the United States involving Bitcoin currently "valued at over $4.5 billion" that was allegedly stolen in a 2016 hack of Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange operated by a British Virgin Islands-domiciled firm in USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein, described as "a Russian-U.S. national residing in New York", and his wife, Heather Rhiannon Morgan.

Nathan Christian v. INVAO Trading AG et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in Nathan Christian, described as "a heralded and respected advisor in the emerging field of blockchain technology" v. INVAO Trading AG, of Liechtenstein; INVAO Service GmbH, of Germany, and INVAO Blockchain Investment LLC, all part of a group that claims on its website to be "a leading financial services provider for the management of digital assets" that is "based in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Berlin and Dubai", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.

CardStarter Ltd. v. SundaeSwap Inc. et al: Complaint (‘250M Tokens Fraud’)

Complaint alleging fraud in CardStarter Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, described as "among the first companies to start developing an automated cryptocurrency exchange (known as a “DEX”) that would operate on what is known as the Cardano blockchain" v. SundaeSwap Inc., of Wyoming; Mateen Motavaf, Pi Lanningham, Artem Wright, and Christopher Borders at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Mark Cooke: Disqualification

Press Release by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it has disqualified Nicholas Mark Cooke, a citizen of the United Kingdom, after concluding he was "not a fit and proper person to perform any functions in relation to regulated activity under the Insurance Act".

Raymond Jonna et al v. Bitcoin Latinum et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in Raymond Jonna, Simon Jonna, and Farid Jamardov v. Kevin Jonna and Bitcoin Latinum at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Lynda King et al v. Blockchain.com Inc. et al: Order to Pursue BVI Asset Freeze

Order continuing Freezing Order and granting permission to seek to enforce the Freezing Order in the British Virgin Islands regarding an alleged cryptocurrency-related investment fraud in Lynda King, Sarah Waugh, and Danielle Walker, all citizens of the United Kingdom v. Blockchain Access UK Limited, Blockchain Luxembourg SA, Blockchain.com Inc., and Persons Unknown at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

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.

Ben Delo v. Wise Payments Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint alleging breaches of the Data Protection Act by failing to disclose Suspicious Activity Reports filed with the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency in Ben Delo, a citizen of the United Kingdom who, inter alia, was indicted in the United States in September 2020 for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act involving BitMEX cryptocurrency exchange v. Wise Payments Limited at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

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".