Information for Victims in Large Cases

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Case Name Familiar Names and Terms District or Division Overview
Matthew (“Matt”) Brent Goettsche, Jobadiah (“Joby”) Sinclair Weeks, Joseph (“Joe”) Frank Abel, Silviu Catalin Balaci, BitClub Network USAO - New Jersey

Defendants Goettsche, Balaci, and Weeks have been charged with conspiracy to engage in wire fraud in connection with their roles in BitClub Network.  From April 2014 through December 2019, BitClub Network was a fraudulent scheme that solicited money from investors in exchange for shares of purported cryptocurrency mining pools and rewarded investors for recruiting new investors into the scheme.  Goettsche, Balaci, Weeks, and others conspired together to solicit investment in BitClub Network through fraudulent means, including by providing false and misleading figures that BitClub investors were told were “bitcoin mining earnings” purportedly generated by BitClub Network’s bitcoin mining pool.  Goettsche, Balaci, Weeks, and others obtained the equivalent of at least $722 million from BitClub Network investors.  

Defendants Goettsche, Balaci, Weeks, and Abel also conspired to sell BitClub Network shares—which were securities—notwithstanding that BitClub Network did not register the shares with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Weeks and Abel created videos and traveled around the United States and the world to promote BitClub Network and recruit others to invest.

One additional defendant’s identity remains under seal because he/she is at large.

Alvarez; Francis Alvarez; Freight Forwarders; Central Freight; Forwarders Antitrust Division

Francis Alvarez was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing prices for freight forwarding services provided in the United States and elsewhere from as early as September 2010 and continuing until at least August 2014.

Kevin Creed; Friends of Fisher House Connecticut; Fisher House Foundation USAO - Connecticut

In 2010, Creed established a charity called the Friends of Fisher House Connecticut, which is a chapter of the national Fisher House Foundation. Creed solicited donations for the Friends of Fisher House from corporations and individuals based on the representation that the money raised would support the construction and operation of the West Haven Fisher House. Creed used his position to take approximately $1.4 million that had been raised from donors for the benefit of the organization and use that money for his own benefit including for both personal expenses and law firm expenses.

Brandon Frere, Brandon Demond Frere dba American Financial Benefits Center (“AFBC”), Ameritech Financial (“AMERITECH”), and Financial Education Benefits Center (“FEBC”) USAO - California, Northern

Fraudulent student loan forgiveness program that operated from 2014 through November 2018.

Sergiy P. Usatyuk or Sergio Usatyuk, ExoStress.in, (“ExoStresser”), QuezStresser.com, Betabooter.com (“Betabooter”), Databooter.com, Instabooter.com, Polystress.com, and Zstress.net, Booters, Stressers, Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) USAO - North Carolina, Eastern

On February 27, 2019, Sergiy P. Usatyuk, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers for his role in owning, administering, and supporting illegal booter services that launched millions of illegal DDoS attacks against victim computer systems in the United States and elsewhere.  The illegal services included ExoStress.in, (“ExoStresser”), QuezStresser.com, Betabooter.com (“Betabooter”), Databooter.com, Instabooter.com, Polystress.com, and Zstress.net.

Dip Shipping, Dip Shipping Company LLC, Freight Forwarders, Central Freight, Forwarders Antitrust Division

Dip Shipping Company, LLC was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing prices for freight forwarding services provided in the United States and elsewhere from as early as September 2010 and continuing until at least March 2015.

Kristopher Lee Dallmann, Darryl Julius Polo a/k/a djppimp, Douglas M. Courson, Felipe Garcia, Jared Edward Jaurequi a/k/a Jared Edwards, Peter H. Huber, Yoany Vaillant a/k/a Yoany Vaillant Fajardo, and Luis Angel Villarino USAO - Virginia, Eastern

Eight individuals, including Kristopher Lee Dallmann and Darryl Julius Polo, have been charged with conspiring to violate federal criminal copyright law by running an entity called Jetflicks, an online, subscription-based service headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, that permitted users to stream and, at times, download copyrighted television programs without the permission of the relevant copyright owners. According to the indictment, the defendants reproduced tens of thousands of copyrighted television episodes without authorization and made these infringing programs available to tens of thousands of paid subscribers located throughout the U.S. At one point, Jetflicks claimed to have more than 183,200 different television episodes. One of the defendants, Polo, left Jetflicks and created a competing site based in Las Vegas called iStreamItAll (ISIA) that at one point claimed to have 118,479 different television episodes and 10,980 individual movies. Like Jetflicks, ISIA offered content for a regular subscription fee to viewers around the United States, and ISIA publicly asserted that it had more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and Amazon Prime. In addition, the two services were not only available to subscribers over the internet but specifically designed to work on many different types of devices, platforms and software including numerous varieties of computer operating systems, smartphones, tablets, smart televisions, video game consoles, digital media players, set-top boxes and web browsers. 

Both Jetflicks and ISIA allegedly obtained infringing works from pirate websites around the world—including some of the globe’s biggest torrent and Usenet sites specializing in unauthorized content such as The Pirate Bay, RARBG, and TorrentDay—using automated computer scripts to locate, download, process, and store the illegal files, and then quickly make that content available on servers in Canada to United States subscribers for streaming and/or downloading. Essentially, Jetflicks and ISIA were two of the largest streaming services in the United States but did not compensate copyright owners for streaming and making available for download the unauthorized works they offered to their paid subscribers.

Besides the conspiracy charge, Dallmann has been charged with additional counts of criminal copyright infringement as well as money laundering in connection with Jetflicks, and Polo faces similar additional charges in connection with ISIA. More information can be found in the DOJ press release.

USAO - North Carolina, Eastern

Link to USAO -ENDC Press Release

Charges: Lacey Act (false labeling) and aiding and abetting, 16 U.S.C. §§ 3372(d)(1) and (2), and 3373(d)(3)(A)(i) and (ii), 18 U.S.C. § 2

On June 27, 2019, the Eastern District of North Carolina filed charges against defendants PHILLIP R. CARAWAN and CAPT. NEILL’S SEAFOOD, INC.  The charges allege that between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2015, both CARAWAN and CAPT. NEILL’S SEAFOOD, INC. mislabeled jumbo lump crab meat as “Product of the USA” when, in fact, it was crab meat purchased from foreign countries, repackaged, and falsely labeled.  The defendants sold the mislabeled crab meat to a number of different wholesalers and retailers.

For a more details, see the Joint Factual Statement on the district website above.

Robert Wayne Boling Jr., Fredrick Brown, Trorice Crawford, Allan Albert Kerr, and Jongmin Seok USAO - Texas, Western

Link to USAO-WDTX Press Release

Five individuals have been charged with coordinating an identify-theft and fraud scheme targeting service members, their dependents, and veterans. The defendants are alleged to have used the stolen personal identifying information (PII) of thousands of military members to access Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs benefits sites and steal millions of dollars. 

The defendants’ identity-theft and fraud scheme began in 2014 when Fredrick Brown allegedly stole thousands of military members’ PII, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and Department of Defense identification numbers. He is alleged to have then provided the stolen information to Robert Boling, Jr., who exploited the information in various ways together with his Philippines-based co-defendants Allan Kerr and Jongmin Seok. Boling, Kerr, and Seok specifically used the stolen information to compromise a Department of Defense portal designed to enable military members to access benefits information online. Once through the portal, the defendants are alleged to have accessed benefits information.  Access to these detailed records enabled the defendants to steal or attempt to steal millions of dollars from military members’ bank accounts. The defendants also stole veterans’ benefits payments. After the defendants had compromised military members’ bank accounts and veterans’ benefits payments, Boling allegedly worked with Trorice Crawford to recruit individuals who would accept the deposit of stolen funds into their bank accounts and then send the funds through international wire remittance services to the defendants and others.

Rosanne Day, Robert Paul Davis, Genevieve Renee Frappier, and Miles Kelly USAO - Nevada

The indictment alleges that PacNet, under the defendants' direction, was the payment processor of choice for companies that mailed large volumes of fraudulent notifications designed to mislead victims into falsely believing they would receive a large amount of money, a valuable prize, or specialized psychic services upon payment of a fee. From 1994 until September 22, 2016, PacNet served as the middleman between banks and the fraudulent mailers - aggregating the checks, cash, and credit card payments collected by its clients, depositing the payments into PacNet-controlled bank accounts, and then distributing the funds as directed by the clients, according to the indictment. The notifications that induced the payments processed by PacNet were false - the victims who submitted the fees did not receive a large amount of money, a valuable prize, or specialized psychic services, according to the indictment. Many alleged victims were elderly or otherwise vulnerable, according to the indictment.

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