United States v. David Saffron
Pending Criminal Division Cases
United States v. David Saffron
Court Docket: 2:22-cr-276 (C.D. California)
United States v. David Kagel
Court Docket: 2:23-cr-313 (C.D. California)
Court Assigned: These cases are assigned to U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, First Street Courthouse, 350 West 1st Street, Courtroom 7D, Los Angeles, CA 90012-4565.
On August 14, 2023, the Court revoked the order of pretrial release for defendant David Saffron and ordered defendant Saffron detained and committed for confinement in a corrections facility until the conclusion of trial.
A status hearing for defendant David Saffron is scheduled for December 11, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. (PST) before Judge Dale S. Fischer, First Street Courthouse, 350 West 1st Street, Courtroom 7D, Los Angeles, CA 90012-4565. The trial for defendant Saffron is continued to August 13, 2024.
An initial hearing and arraignment for defendant David Kagel is scheduled for September 6, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT) via video conference before the duty Magistrate Judge at the Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, Courtroom 880, 8th Floor, 25 E. Temple Street, Los Angeles, California.
On June 28, 2023, David Kagel, was charged by Criminal Information in the Central District of California with one count of conspiracy to commit commodity fraud. The United States charged that defendant Kagel conspired with David Saffron and others to commit commodity fraud.
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On June 28, 2022, the Department announced criminal charges against David Gilbert Saffron, the operator of Circle Society Corp., for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent Ponzi scheme that purportedly traded on cryptocurrency exchanges.
On June 28, 2022 defendant David Saffron was indicted in the Central District of California with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit commodity fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice. He was the owner of Circle Society, a cryptocurrency investment platform. Saffron used Circle Society to solicit investors to participate in an unregistered commodity pool, which is a fund that combines investors’ contributions to trade on the futures and commodity markets. As alleged in the indictment, Saffron falsely represented to investors that he traded investors’ funds to earn profits using a trading bot that could execute over 17,000 transactions per hour on various cryptocurrency exchanges. Saffron falsely represented that his trading bot would generate between 500% to 600% returns on the amount invested. To entice investors to invest, Saffron allegedly led investor meetings at luxury homes in the Hollywood Hills and elsewhere, and traveled with a team of armed security guards in order to create the false appearance of wealth and success. In total, Saffron fraudulently raised approximately $15 million from investors.
On June 28, 2023 defendant David Kagel was charged by Criminal Information in the Central District of California with one count of conspiracy to commit commodity fraud. The United States alleged that Kagel conspired with David Saffron and others to carry out a scheme to defraud in connection with the sale of Bitcoin, a commodity in interstate commerce. On the same day, a plea agreement signed by the parties was filed with the Court.
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