SEC charges 3 Canadians with various securities violations, including pump and dump schemes, involving over 20 microcap issuers

SEC complaint The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) filed charges against three Canadians, four Americans and nine private companies in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, for numerous violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, for alleged manipulative market behaviour, including pump […]

Two Canadian money launderers living in paradise tried to “stay good” but couldn’t because they were addicted to cash

The US Attorney in Florida today announced that a Canadian, Brooks Thomas Nesbitt, was sentenced to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with a money laundering securities fraud scheme. Nesbitt, originally from Thornhill, Ontario, ran several boiler room operations with another Canadian, Mary Kathryn Marr, which took in over […]

Two foreign men from a digital currency exchange murdered in Mexico

Two more men involved in a digital currency exchange and a digital currency, were murdered in Mexico. Their bodies were recently found stuffed in suitcases in Sinaloa cartel land, according to this newspaper article. The two, Oscar Brito from Chile and Ignacio Ibarra from Argentina, were involved in selling and promoting the digital currency called […]

SEC files 1st major Covid-19 fraud case against five Canadians; parallel criminal case against Vancouver man who allegedly stole the identity of a dead company

Dead company revived This story is a little wild. You know those true crime cases you hear about where a person steals the identity of a dead person from a gravestone, and then gets fake ID in the name of the dead person to commit fraud? Well, a Vancouver man named Shane Kenneth Schmidt is […]

Proceeds of crime from US$550 million Ponzi scheme run by “obscenely greedy con artists”, including diamonds, gold coins, sports memorabilia, art, comic books, go on sale at online auction next week as Covid-19 solution

The proceeds of crime from a massive US$550 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated by two convicted fraudsters in the US – Kevin Merrill and Jay Ledford – are being auctioned at an online auction house starting next week, in part because of Covid-19. Diamonds, sports memorabilia, art, gold coins, comic book from securities fraud being sold […]

Rewind to 2019’s most unusual financial crime case – the Ponzi schemer who paid US$720,000 for online spiritual rituals and filled freezers with beef tongues to cast voodoo spells on SEC lawyers to stop an investigation

This case wins first prize as the most unusual financial crime case of 2019. It’s about Dawn J. Bennett, a former stock broker from Maryland, who first worked with Western International Securities. In addition to selling securities, Bennett was a financial expert on a radio show where she dispensed investment advice and believed that she […]

“There is no point to a lawsuit if it merely applies the law to lies” – SEC wins extreme remedy against digital currency exchange founder whose credibility is shot

The founder of a digital currency exchange lied so much to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) during its investigation and to a California Court, and made himself so not credible, that a Court has recommended one of the harshest remedies available – to deprive the defendant of the constitutional right to be heard – […]

Canadian who hid out in Canada for several years to avoid US prosecution, pleads guilty to securities fraud in New York

A Canadian, possibly Iranian Canadian, pled guilty in New York today to conspiracy and securities fraud in connection with a scheme where fake securities of tech companies, such as Twitter and Uber, were sold to investors who suffered losses of US$18 million. Fred Elm, whose real name is Frederic Elmaleh from Toronto, led an investment […]

Money laundering and securities fraud indictment unsealed against key promoter of OneCoin who raked in hundreds of millions of dollars selling fake coins

After two years, the Attorney General for the Southern District of New York has unsealed the indictment against Karl Sebastian Greenwood, a key promoter of the Bulgarian initial coin offering, and supposed digital currency called OneCoin. Greenwood was allegedly extradited to the US from Thailand in 2018. Indictment unsealed In the indictment, Greenwood is charged, […]

SEC files complaint against digital currency business co-founders, alleging they lied during investigation, provided fake business records and launched illegal ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) has filed a complaint against an initial coin offering (“ICO“) and digital currency exchange platform called Dropil Inc. and three of its co-founders, Jeremy McAlpine, Zachary Matar and Patrick O’Hara, alleging that they took funds from the public on the basis of numerous untrue statements made on social media […]