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SEC sues BitConnect for ‘$2B crypto fraud’

The U.S. SEC has sued individuals and companies based in California, India, and Hong Kong for allegedly perpetrating a $2 billion crypto fraud known as BitConnect.

USA v. Stefan Qin: USA’s Sentencing Submission

USA's Sentencing Submission regarding a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud involving Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. BitConnect et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a securities fraud "that ultimately succeeded in obtaining more than 325,000 Bitcoin, or approximately $2 billion, from investors worldwide" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. BitConnect, described as "an unincorporated organization"; Satish Kumbhani, described as a citizen and resident of India; Glenn Arcaro, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, and Future Money Ltd., of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Cortes et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States in USA v. Roberto Gustavo Cortes Ripalda, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S.; Fernando Haberer Bergson, described as a citizen of Germany and Uruguay and a resident of Argentina, and Ernesto Heraclito Weisson Pazmino, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S., at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Kingstown Partners Master Ltd. v. Blackstone Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Kingstown Partners Master Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Blackstone Inc., MVB Management, LLC, CC Capital Partners, LLC, and CC Capital Management LLC for use in "an appraisal proceeding in the Cayman Islands" regarding FGL Holdings, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Miami International Holdings Inc. et al v. Nasdaq Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "that Nasdaq acted unlawfully to maintain and/or to obtain monopolies in the relevant markets and submarkets by engaging in acts of patent misuse, sham litigation, and other predatory conduct" in Miami International Holdings Inc., which, inter alia, owns the Bermuda Stock Exchange; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC, MIAX Pearl LLC, and Miami International Technologies LLC v. Nasdaq Inc., Nasdaq ISE LLC, and FTEN Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Techview Investments Ltd. et al v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP et al: Judgment

Judgment on motions to dismiss allegations of fraud and negligence in Techview Investments Limited, which was incorporated in the Bahamas and later moved to the British Virgin Islands, and Prime Overseas Investments and Enterprises Limited, of Cyprus v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP, Amstar Poland Property Fund I GP LP, Amstar Poland Fund I GP LP, all of the Cayman Islands; Amstar Global Partners Limited, of Bermuda, and Amstar Group LLC, a Delaware-domiciled, Colorado-based company, at the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, County of New Castle County.

Pilatus Bank Plc: €4.9M Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €4.9 million on Pilatus Bank Plc for regulatory breaches.

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving a "prime bank" scheme and entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman, described as a lawyer in Minnesota at the timeof the alleged offense, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Motion for Judgment

Motion for Entry of Final Judgment regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme involving entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Alpene Ltd. v. Elizabeth McCaul: Discovery Application

Application by Alpene Ltd., of Hong Kong, described as "the 100% indirect owner of a bank in the Republic of Malta", to take discovery from Elizabeth McCaul, described as a resident of New York, for use in legal proceedings in Malta in which Alpene claimed that "Malta engaged in a series of allegedly retaliatory acts against Alpene's investment, Pilatus Bank", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Cathay Capital Holdings III LP v. Osiris International Cayman Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment regarding "The legal principles to consider when a court is asked to proceed ex parte without notice to determine an application for Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders" in connection with legal proceedings in China in Cathay Capital Holdings III, L.P. v. Osiris International Cayman Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving entities in Australia, Thailand, and Venezuela in USA v. Jorge Luis Nobrega Rodriguez at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Benjamin Berger: ‘Criminal Complaint’ Announcement

Public Notice by the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission that it has brought a criminal complaint against Benjamin Berger, who appears to be based in California, for allegedly "selling the shares named Tian Tian Ventures" without the securities being registered.

Oak Trust et al v. Jichen Wu: Discovery Application

Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Jichen Wu, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England regarding "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex investment and trading scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Peace United Ltd. v. 1906 Collins LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Peace United Ltd., of England, to take discovery from 1906 Collins LLC, Mathieu Massa, Sabadell United Bank, HSBC Bank USA, Gero Evaul & McClockey, Fiske & Company, and Beilinson Gomez Architects PA for use in legal proceedings in France, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Luboš Pánek: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Czech Republic by Martin Litvan, as the Foreign Representative of Luboš Pánek, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Ltd.: Public Statement

Public Statement by Jersey Financial Services Commission that it has "concluded" that Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited "breached certain principles" of the Financial Services (Trust Company Business (Assets - Customer Money)) (Jersey) Order 2000 and Code of Practice for Trust Company Business. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey corporate register showed that Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited was incorporated in Jersey on August 8th, 1963 and, in its 2020 annual return, signed by director Darren Kelland, its sole shareholder was identified as Hawksford Group Holdings Limited, which was incorporated in Jersey on May 15th, 2017 and, in its 2020 annual return, its sole shareholder was identified as Hawksford Holdings Limited, which was incorporated in Jersey on August 12th, 2008 and, in its 2020 annual return, its shareholders were identified as Dunedin Buyout Fund II LP, a private equity fund in Scotland; Dunedin (SAPE) GP Nominees Limited, acting as nominee for Equity Harvest Fund LP, of Scotland; Michael Edmund Powell, Louis Philip Chetwynd Taylor, James Webster Howe, Boota Singh Kular, Stephen David John Spybey, all of Jersey; Jacqueline Anne Low, of Singapore; Matthew Andrew Wilkinson, Daniel Richard Hainsworth, Gerardus Jan Michel van Leeuwen, Stephen Spybey and Gerardus van Leeuwen, as Trustees of the Hawksford Holdings Limited EBTl Darren Thomas Kelland, all of Jersey; Stefano Passarello, of Hong Kong; Dario Acconci, of Singapore; Marta Giordano, of Hong Kong; Giacomo Stoppa, of Hong Kong; Peter Zhu, of China, and Aldford Street Nominees Limited, of England.

Motociclo SA: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Uruguay by Asociacion Uruguaya de Peritos, a.k.a. AUPE, as the Foreign Representative of Motociclo SA, which "imports and manufactures bicycles, motorcycles, and spare parts" and was allegedly rendered insolvent by the "reckless administration" and "improper diversion of assets" by its shareholders, Leonardo Rozenblum and Fabian Rozenblum, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Leonardo Rozenblum et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Uruguay by Daniel Germán and Gabriel Ferreira, as the Foreign Representatives of Leonardo Rozenblum Trosman and Fabian Elias Rozenblum Gorel, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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.