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Charged With Crypto Fraud Alexandre Trial Is March 27 Now Estate To Divest of All Crypto

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

COURTROOM EXCLUSIVE, Jan 4 – Eddy Alexandre, charged with commodities fraud in connection with a purported cryptocurrency and forex trading platform named EminiFX, was ordered released on $3 million bond on May 12.

He would be required to hire his own guard for home incarceration in Valley Stream, NY - and not pay the guard with the crypto funds.

  The bail decision was reached by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker in an hour-long proceeding on the afternoon of May 12. Inner City Press was the only media there, and live tweeted it here and below.

Then was June 14, when Alexandre was arraigned. Inner City Press again went. The court room was full (of supporters), but little to no media. Inner City Press live tweeted here
and below.

On November 18, amid a spat about ex parte filings between the US Attorney's Office and Alexandre's lawyer, ex-US Attorney's Office Emil Bove, there was a protest in front of 500 Pearl Street, demanding dismissal, and end to racism, and largely directed at the receiver, David Castleman. In the docket, the only link to November 18 was to a filing: "The Government shall respond to the arguments in Defendant's letter by November 18, 2022. The Government may make part of its submission ex parte as necessary." Letter on Patreon here.

On December 29 Judge Cronan ordered: "ORDER as to Eddy Alexandre. By January 3, 2023, the Government shall file any affidavits relating to its applications for search warrants of EminiFX's office and of the phone seized incident to Defendant's arrest - as referenced in Defendants motion papers. See, e.g., Dkt. 51 at 15. If the Government wishes to submit the affidavits ex parte and for in camera review, it may initially make its filing under seal and ex parte along with a written submission explaining why such treatment is appropriate (Signed by Judge John P. Cronan on 12/29/22)."

And on December 30, the US Attorney's Office did respond - with the search warrants, letter on Patreon here.We aim to have more on this.

Inner City Press remains on the case(s).

Back on August 3, with two overflow courtrooms, more Alexandre and EminiFX supporters / investors, a Curcio hearing and March 27 trial date. Inner City Press exclusively live tweeted here and below.

On October 5, Alexandre and his lawyer Emil Bove, and apparent supporters, appeared before Judge Cronan for argument. Inner City Press was there and files this:

Bove argues the receiver coordinated with law enforcement, had laptop seized for Alexandre's residence. He repeatedly calls the AUSAs "these guys."

Bove tells Judge Cronan, You know better than I do that the  State Department  can move faster than a year [under MLAT]. Pooled CJA counsel for witnesses?

AUSA: Just because the receiver, the company, gave info to the government doesn't make them part of the prosecution. Echo of US v Trevor Milton, roles of Nikola, Mark Russell... More to follow.

Back on August 5, in the parallel CFTC case, Judge Valerie E. Caproni approved the receivers request for nearly $1 million, a request which included: "Long Island Real Estate Portfolio. Soon after the start of the receivership, the Receiver discovered that EminiFX had entered into 46 separate contracts to purchase residential properties in Long Island out of foreclosure, each in a separate New York state court action with a separate court-appointed referee overseeing the sale. EminiFX also entered into two separate real estate contracts outside of foreclosure. In addition, Alexandre entered into a separate contract for a property using $535,000 in funds traceable to EminiFX customers as a deposit. The total deposits on all properties totaled over $3 million, and the Receiver and his team at Raines Feldman and FDT have been working to recover as much as possible. The total amount recovered to date on the EminiFX contracts for purchase is $575,200. This amount plus the court-ordered turnover of the $535,000 deposit for the Alexandre contract for purchase brings the total recovery to over $1.1 million. The Receiver and FDT are working to recover the remaining deposits." Full letter on Patreon here.

Jump cut to January 4, 2023, when Judge Caproni citing the CFTC ordered the Estate to move out of crypto: "ORDER granting [180] Letter Motion to Expedite. The Court agrees with the CFTC and the Receiver that because cryptocurrencies are highly volatile and because the holdings of the Estate will eventually need to be converted to currency to be distributed to investors, the most prudent approach is to divest from Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While the Court is sympathetic to the concerns of EminiFx investors that their investments have, on net, lost value as the price of Bitcoin has fallen, this loss highlights the riskiness of Bitcoin as an investment vehicle and demonstrates the need to move these highly volatile digital assets into dollar-denominated, low-risk assets. Neither the Court, the Receiver, nor the investors can know what the future will bring for the value of Bitcoin or the other cryptocurrencies from now until the Estate is distributed to the investors. The value could go up, down, or remain static. In contrast, the Estate's high-yield money market accounts are highly unlikely to decrease in value and will pay interest, Receiver Reply at 2; accordingly, such accounts are a significantly safer and a more appropriate investment vehicle for the assets of the Estate during the pendency of the Receivership. Furthermore, the proposed protocol appropriately mitigates the risk posed by Bitcoin's price volatility by establishing a process for timely liquidation while also guarding against the risk that price fluctuation on a particular trading day will decrease the liquidation price or that the sale of a large volume of Bitcoin over a short time period will depress the price of Bitcoin. Thus, the Receiver's motion to approve the proposed digital asset management protocol is GRANTED. The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to terminate the open motion at docket entry 180. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Valerie E. Caproni on 1/4/2023)."

More on Patreon here. And vlog here.

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The civil case is Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Alexandre, et al., 22-cv-3822 (Caproni)

The criminal case is US v. Alexandre, 22-cr-326 (Cronan)


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