Bitcoin

CFTC v. BitMEX et al: $100M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $100 million against the operators 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, and HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. 60 Bitcoins: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding the "proceeds of a wire fraud scheme to steal, among other things, cryptocurrency using a cell phone SIM-swapping scheme" that allegedly involved Colton Jurisic, Ricky Handschumacher, and Conor Freeman in USA v. 60.20371501 Bitcoins at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Huobi Co. Ltd. v. Marto HG Digital Asset Group Fund I GP LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving "Bitcoin losses" in Huobi Co. Ltd., described as a South Korea-based "international cryptocurrency exchange and one of the most prominent names in the digital asset industry" v. Marto HG Digital Asset Group Fund I GP LLC, Marto HG Digital Asset Group Fund I LP, Marto HG Digital Asset Group LLC, all of Delaware, and Taotao He, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Roman Sterlingov: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business known as "Bitcoin Fog" in USA v. Roman Sterlingov, a citizen of Russia residing in Sweden, at that U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Bitcoin of America v. The Silver Logic LLC: Complaint

Complaint alleging "failure to follow basic industry-standard cybersecurity in breach of its contract obligations allowed hackers to steal over $750,000 worth of Bitcoin from the Digital Wallet of SandP Solutions, Inc., d/b/a Bitcoin of America" in SandP Solutions Inc., d.b.a. Bitcoin of America, described as "a cryptocurrency exchange platform that allows customers to exchange cash for Bitcoin, by using Bitcoin ATM machines" v. The Silver Logic LLC, which "claims that it "Provides The Best Custom Software Development In The Industry" and employs a "Zero-Trust Approach to Enterprise Security"", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Fei Jing et al v. Yan Sun: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an illegal, unregistered and unlicensed Bitcoin trading operation" in Fei Jing, of Canada; Luosu Li, of China; Jinyu He, of California; Duanyang Wang, of China; Tian Lan, of Washington, and Chuyao Feng, of Georgia, USA v. Yan Sun, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Roman Sterlingov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering and unlicensed money transmission involving a "darknet money laundering service" called "Bitcoin Fog" in USA v. Roman Sterlingov, described as a citizen of Russia and Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. ‘Doctor Bitcoin’: Criminal Information

Criminal Information for allegedly operating an unlicensed money transmitting business in USA v. Mark Hopkins, a.k.a. Doctor Bitcoin, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Rakesh Khatri v. Gain Bitcoin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Rakesh Khatri, a citizen of the United States, individually and as assignee of Reshma Khatri, Abishek Raja, Amit Kushwaha, Anchit Singh, Arvind Singh Bajetha, Ashish Lal, Ashitosh Sampat Raje, Ashok Kumar, Bhagyesh Hanumante, Chakresh Jain, Dharmender Shera, Gagan Deep Joshi, Gaurav Chhabra, Girija Raman, Karthik Raman, Lalit Kumar, Lokesh Sharma, Mohamed Haneefa Kottayil, Mohit Malhotra, Mukesh Gupta, Navneet Bhalla, Nikhil Jadhav, Pritpal Singh, Raghavendra R. Athani, Sachin Chavhan, Sanchit Malik, Saurab Wadhera, Shyam Singh, Siddhant Jain, Vikash Bhagat, Yash Jain, Ismail Nadukkandyil, Aarjav Jain, Siddharth Jain, Sanjay Jain, Mayank Jain, Vivek Tiwari, Malthesha P, Shubham Gupta, Sandeep Grewal, Nitin Koshti, Abishek Chauhan, Amar Singh Chandel, Priyavardhini Venkatram, Ajay Singh, Rajbir, Moumita Das, Rajesh Mehra, P.C. Mahajan, Pooja Ahirwar, Albert Ahirwar, Rani Singh, Shyam Lal, Anjan Roy, Arvinder Pal Singh, Vipin Sahney, Arpit Jain, Mukul Gupta, Aman Singhal, Brijesh Soni, Mahesh Vittal Yadav, Aman Paharia, Sandeep Bhalla, Sanjay Ahlawat, Atul Bhalla, Deepak Kumar, Balkrishna Baburao Raje, Girija Silver, Gaurav Gupta, Skalyan, and Deepak Shukla, all citizens of India v. VariableTech Private Limited, d.b.a. Gain Bitcoin, of Singapore; Amaze Mining and Blockchain Research Ltd., of Hong Kong; GBMiners, Mineral Mining Limited Company, described as "a company located in the United Arab Emirates"; Sun & Sand Mining & Minerals Resource (UK) Limited, described as "a company located in England"; Coin Bank-Safe Bitcoin Wallet, ZebPay Exchange, a.k.a. Zebay, a.k.a. Zeb Pay, described as "a cryptocurrency exchange, virtual wallet, and/or wallet provider headquartered in Singapore with a registered office in Australia"; Amit Bhardwaj, Ajay Bhardwaj, and Hemant Bhope at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Poland: Damian Gajos et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence regarding "Bitcoin wallets" from Bittrex Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Damian Gajos, Adrian Wiecek, Dariusz Myslak, and Kazimierz Pustelnik "for money laundering and endangering the lives and health of many people" involving "designer drugs".

SolidX Management LLC et al v. VanEck Securities Corporation et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract in SolidX Management LLC, a Delaware corporation based in New York, NY, and VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust, described as a Delaware trust "established as a financial vehicle for purpose of holding bitcoin" v. VanEck Securities Corporation, described as a Delaware corporation based in New York, NY; Van Eck Bitcoin Trust, described as a Delaware trust established "as part of vanEck's scheme to obtain SEC approval for a bitcoin-based ETF", and VanEck Digital Assets LLC, of Delaware, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Jerome Wilson-Chalkley v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrency in Jerome Wilson-Chalkley, of London, England v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "cryptocurrency/derivatives exchange"; ABS Global Trading Limited, of San Francisco, California, and Arthur Hayes at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

CFTC sues operators of BitMEX crypto derivatives platform

The CFTC has sued eight companies and individuals in or from Bermuda, Hong Kong, Seychelles, United Kingdom, and the United States, alleging they operated a cryptocurrency derivatives platform without being registered.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency and Cash allegedly derived from "a large scale, sophisticated 'phishing' campaign" by Russian nationals Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi that targeted cryptocurrency exchanges, including Poloniex, based in San Francisco, domiciled in Delaware; Binance, based in Hong Kong, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and Gemini Trust Company LLC, based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Forex Birds Ltd. et al: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Emergency Cease and Desist Order for alleged fraud and the sale of unregistered securities involving "cryptocurrency trading investment programs" in Texas State Securities Board v. Forex Birds Ltd., Kumar Babu Gondesi, a citizen of India; Eric Balusek, a.k.a. Darwin Eric Balusek, a.k.a. Bitcoin Pope, all of England and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Pek Universe, of Australia.

USA v. 53 Virtual Currency Accounts et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint involving "an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation's Cyber Crimes Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, and Federal Bureau of Investigation into online fundraising activities conducted by Hamas's military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades" in USA v. 53 Virtual Currency Accounts, 127 Virtual Currency Properties, Five Accounts Heal at Financial Institution 1, The AlQassam.ps Domain, and The Qassam.ps Domain at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

SEC v. Jack Abramoff: Complaint

Complaint alleging a "fraudulent and unregistered offer ... of a blockchain-based digital token called AML Bitcoin" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jack Alan Abramoff at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. NAC Foundation LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent offer and sale of digital asset securities" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. NAC Foundation LLC and Rowland Marcus Andrade at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Rowland Andrade: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging fraud and money laundering involving an Initial Coin Offering for a purported cryptocurrency known as AML Bitcoin in USA v. Rowland Marcus Andrade at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Alex Holmes et al v. Chet Mining Co. LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud and racketeering involving an alleged scheme involving "cryptocurrency mining equipment and/or hosting services" in Alex Holmes, of Los Angeles, California; Josh Navarro, of Miami, Florida; Nico Tramontana, of Millville, New Jersey; Bitcoin Ventures 2020 LLC, of Virginia; Yasar Corporation, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and OnePurpose Ltd., a Hong Kong company based in Shenzhen, China v. Chet Mining Co. LLC, described as a Wyoming company based in New York, NY; Chet Mining Co. Canada Ltd., described as a company domiciled in British Columbia, Canada based in New York, NY, and Chet Stojanovich, of New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Matthew Script et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Amended Class Action Complaint

Consolidated Class Action Amended Complaint alleging "a sophisticated scheme to fraudulently inflate the price of cryptocurrencies ..., causing the price of these cryptocommodities to spike far above their legitimate value in the largest bubble in human history, and ultimately resulting in billions of dollars of damage to innocent cryptocommodity purchasers" in Matthew Script, Benjamin Leibowitz, Jason Leibowitz, Aaron Leibowitz, and Pinchas Goldshtein v. iFinex Inc., a.k.a. Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, DigFinex Inc., all of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; Philip G. Potter, of New York; Giancarlo Devasini, described as a citizen of Italy; Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Reginald Fowler, of Arizona; Crypto Capital Corp., of Panama; Bittrex, Inc., described as a Delaware company based in Seattle, Washington, and Poloniex, LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Boston, Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mina de Oro LLC et al v. Bitclub et al: Complaint

Complaint regarding "a Bitcoin related multi-level BTC mining scheme" in Mina de Oro LLC and The Toy Chest LLC, both of Nevada v. Matthew Brent Goettsche, Jobediah Sinclair Weeks, Joseph Frank Abel, Silviu Catalin Balaci, and Bitclub at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

3 Point Ventures Ltd. et al v. Chet Mining Co. LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud and breach of contract regarding crypto mining products and services in 3 Point Ventures Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, and Amir Fardghassemi, a resident of California and Dubai v. Chet Mining Co. LLC, of Wyoming; Chet Mining Co. Canada Ltd., described as a British Columbia company based in New York, and Chet Stojanovich, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

United American Corp. v. Bitmain Inc. et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging "a scheme by a tight knit network of individuals and organizations to manipulate the cryptocurrency market for Bitcoin Cash" in United American Corp., of Florida v. Bitmain Inc., of Delaware; Roger Ver, described as a resident of Japan; Bitmain Technologies Ltd., described as a Hong Kong company based in China; Jihan Wu, described as a resident of China; Payward Ventures Inc., d.b.a. Kraken, of Delaware; Jesse Powell, Shammah Chancellor, and Jason Cox, all of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Canadian Troy Hogg sues Hong Kong-based crypto exchange HitBTC

Canadian Troy Hogg, who perpetrated a cryptocurrency scam via his Bermuda-domiciled Arbitrade group, is suing a Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange known as HitBTC, alleging it has failed to redeem C$1.18 million of Bitcoin he claims to own.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Superseding Indictment

Superseding Indictment alleging computer hacking, fraud, identity theft, and money laundering involving "a sophisticated phishing campaign targeting users of Poloniex, Binance, and Gemini's digital currency exchanges" in USA v. Danil Potekhin and Dmitrii Karasavidi, both residents of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Bryan Faubus v. iFinex, Inc. et al: Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving Bitcoin cryptocurrency in Bryan Faubus, of New York v. iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., each described as a British Virgin Islands company based in Hong Kong; DigFinex Inc., of the BVI; Tether Holdings Limited, described as a BVI company based in Taiwan; Tether Limited, described as a Hong Kong company based in Taiwan; Tether Operations Limited, of Hong Kong, and Tether International Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eric Young et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint (New York)

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving Bitcoin cryptocurrency in Eric Young, of Pennsylvania; Adam Kurtz, of New York, and David Crystal, of Florida v. iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., each described as a British Virgin Islands company based in Hong Kong; DigFinex Inc., of the BVI; Tether Holdings Limited, described as a BVI company based in Taiwan; Tether Limited, described as a Hong Kong company based in Taiwan; Tether Operations Limited, of Hong Kong, and Tether International Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: This is a re-filing of a class action complaint that was first filed at federal court in Seattle, Washington on November 22nd, 2019 and voluntarily dismissed on January 7th, 2020.

Eric Young et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint (Seattle)

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Eric Young, a resident of Pennsylvania, and Adam Kurtz, a resident of New York v. iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc., each described as a British Virgin Islands company based in Hong Kong; Tether Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, described as a Hong Kong company based in Taiwan; DigFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Operations Limited, of Hong Kong, and Tether International Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

$150M lawsuit alleges crypto fraud by parties in Antigua, BVI, Hong Kong & US

A complaint for damages of $150M for alleged cryptocurrency futures trading fraud and the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business has been filed against individuals and companies in Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, and the United States, including Alameda Research and FTX Trading.

Glen Jensen et al v. Worldwide Cryptocurrency Investments LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-related fraud in Glen Jensen, of Utah, and Epic Global Inc., of Nevada v. Worldwide Cryptocurrency Investments LLC, of Wyoming; Nickelbex, of Hong Kong; Edward Corpus Reyes, of Los Angeles, California, and Alfred Anthony Talahuron, of Temecula, California, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment alleging computer hacking, fraud, identity theft, and money laundering in USA v. Danil Potekhin and Dmitrii Karasavidi, both residents of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Troy Hogg v. HitBTC: Complaint

Complaint for damages of C$1.18 million in Troy James Hogg, of Lambton County, Canada v. HitBTC, a.k.a. Hit Solution Limited, described as "a digital currency exchange" based in Hong Kong, at Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

David Leibowitz et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-based fraud, market manipulation, and RICO in David Leibowitz, of West Palm Beach, Florida; Benjamin Leibowitz, of New York, NY; Jason Leibowitz, of New York, NY; Aaron Leibowitz, of Westchester, NY, and Pinchas Goldshtein, of Miami, Florida v. iFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; BFXNA Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; BFXWW Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Operations Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; Tether International Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; DigFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; Philip G. Potter, a resident of New York; Giancarlo Devasini, a citizen of Italy; Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, a citizen of the Netherlands; Reginald Fowler, a citizen of the United States; Crypto Capital Corp., of Panama, and Global Trade Solutions AG, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Jon Barry Thompson: Complaint

Complaint regarding "a deceptive and fraudulent scheme by knowingly or recklessly making false representations to customers in connection with the purported purchase of virtual currency, specifically Bitcoin, worth millions of dollars" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Jon Barry Thompson at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Vitaly Anaykin et al v. Nikolay Evdokimov et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-related securities fraud in Vitaly Anaykin, a citizen of Russia residing in Montenegro, and Konstantin Bondarev, a citizen of Russia residing in Thailand v. Nikolay Evdokimov, a citizen of Russia residing in Beverly Hills, California, and Cryptonomics Capital, of Switzerland, which appears to be incorporated as Crypto Economics AG, whose principal director in corporate filings is identified as Patrick Storchenegger, of Zug, Switzerland and whose initial capital was claimed to be 14 Bitcoins, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. OffshoreAlert Note: On its website at www.cryptonomics.io, Cryptonomics Capital's "management" is identified as Yurii Golovko, CEO; Nikolay Evdokimov, Strategic Advisor; Alexander Forostin, Head of Sales; and Denis Klevtsov, Executive Director.

USA v. Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging securities fraud and money laundering involving Bitcoin in USA v. Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, a citizen of Sweden, and Eastern Metal Securities at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

CFTC v. Control-Finance Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Control-Finance Limited and Benjamin Reynolds, both of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Eastern Metal Securities et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint for cryptocurrency-related securities fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in USA v. Eastern Metal Securities, purportedly based in Singapore, Thailand and Laos, and Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, a citizen of Sweden residing in Thailand, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Alexandre Cazes et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Assets held at Loyal Bank Limited, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Siam Commercial Bank, of Thailand, in the names of ACE Guide Holdings Limited and/or Alexandre Cazes, a.k.a. Alexander Cazes, a Canadian who allegedly operated an "illegal marketplace" known as AlphaBay, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Tibanne Co. Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Japan by Taro Awataguchi, as the Foreign Representative of Tibanne Co. Ltd., a.k.a. KK Tibanne, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.