June 17, 2022:

The workshop, organized by the DOJ and Eurojust, brought together more than 100 prosecutors, law enforcement representatives and experts from the private sector and nongovernmental organizations, representing 27 countries. Assistant Attorney General Polite said: “Only by working together with key law enforcement and prosecutorial partners in the EU can we effectively combat the threat that ransomware poses to our society." Link

"I am confident that the U.S.-EU ransomware workshop will spur greater coordination and collaboration to address the ransomware threat.” Eurojust President Hamran said: “There is no doubt that the scale, sophistication and impact of ransomware attacks is significant, affecting all sectors of the economy and society at large."

June 27, 2022:

“As alleged in the indictment, the defendants participated in a violent plan to break into a family’s home in the middle of the night and force its residents to provide the code to what the defendants believed was tens of millions of dollars in Bitcoin currency." Defendants are charged with are e with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951, which carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison. Twitter Link

July 1, 2022:

IMHO, this coordinated report of multiple prosecutions in a single main DOJ press release may well signal a major pivot in law enforcement priorities. According to Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “These indictments reflect our deep commitment to prosecuting individuals involved in cryptocurrency fraud and market manipulation.” 

July 12, 2022: 

Government alleges defendants misled investors about, among other things, a purported proprietary trading “bot” that they claimed could generate guaranteed returns to investors. Defendants "then laundered investors’ funds through a foreign-based cryptocurrency exchange, and paid out early EmpiresX investors with money obtained from later investors in a Ponzi-style scheme." DOJ Link

“This case should serve as a warning to any individuals who look to illegally capitalize on the perceived ambiguity of the crypto market to take advantage of innocent investors” said HSI Miami Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury.

July 21, 2022:

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment charging ISHAN WAHI, a formerproduct manager at Coinbase Global, Inc. (“Coinbase”), NIKHIL WAHI, and SAMEER RAMANI, with wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to commit insider trading in cryptocurrency assets by using confidential Coinbase information about which crypto assets were scheduled to be listed on Coinbase’s exchanges.  ISHAN WAHI and NIKHIL WAHI were arrested this morning in Seattle, Washington and will be presented today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.  SAMEER RAMANI was also charged today and remains at large. DOJ Link