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United States vs. Derek Vincent Chu

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Case Number: 23-cr-122-TLT

On April 26, 2023, a federal grand jury indicted Derek Vincent Chu, charging him with crimes related to an alleged $39 million Ponzi scheme involving over 100 victims. According to the indictment, between late 2013 and 2020, Chu, 41, of Alamo, Calif., used several companies to raise $39 million by fraudulently soliciting investments in the purchase and resale of professional basketball tickets and luxury suites at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California; the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California; and the Chase Center, in San Francisco, California.

The indictment charges Chu with eight counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 2, and three counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1957 and 2.

If you believe you have been a victim of the schemes described above, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please email your name and telephone number to

Press Release(s)

East Bay Man Charged with Running $39 Million Ponzi Scheme

Publicly Available Court Documents

Chu Indictment

Court Events and Filings




Indictment as to Derek Vincent Chu Filed


First Court Appearance as to Derek Vincent Chu held


Order for Release from Federal Custody pending trial signed by Magistrate Judge


Defendant Derek Vincent Chu present in Court with designated attorney; Arraignment on all charges held, Derek Vincent Chu pleads not guilty


Status Conference as to Derek Vincent Chu held. The Court admonishes the defendant of the terms and conditions of his out-of-custody status, and any further violations may result in being taken into custody. 1 terabyte hard drive of discovery is provided to defense counsel in open court.


Status Conference as to Derek Vincent Chu held via Zoom Webinar. The government provided the defendant with 95 percent of the discovery, defendant is in the early stages of review. The judge declared the case complex.

Next Court Date

A status hearing is scheduled with Judge Trina Thompson on January 26, 2024 at 8:30 AM via Zoom Webinar. Access can be found on the Court’s website:

Victim Notification System (VNS)

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General Information

U.S Attorney’s Office – NDCA Victim-Witness Pamphlet

U.S Attorney’s Office – NDCA Victim-Witness Pamphlet Chinese

The Victim Notification System (VNS)

Victims and Witnesses: Understanding Your Rights and the Federal Court System

Investment Fraud: Victim Recovery Checklist

Understanding Restitution

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime


Victims of financial crime may experience varying degrees of emotional trauma after a financial crime is discovered. You may feel some or all the following: 

  • Anger, resentment, or a sense of betrayal toward an offender.
  • Frustration with criminal justice professionals, or at the delay in the investigation or prosecution.
  • Embarrassment, depression, guilt, and difficulty trusting others.
  • Fear for your financial security and ability to provide for your family. 

It is important to realize that these are normal reactions to a crime. Some victims find it helpful to seek the services of a counseling professional, clergy member, or advocacy organization. Please contact the Victim Specialist assigned to your case at for help in locating services, if needed.

Legal Referrals

Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE): Mission is to protect and advance the right of San Francisco’s seniors and adults with disabilities to be housed, healthy, financially stable, and safe; provides free full-scope representation to elderly and disabled residents, many on limited incomes, who urgently need help; Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Korean

Tel: (415) 538-3333


The Bar Association of San Francisco: Free or reduced cost legal services are available to those who qualify; services available in the areas of family law, eviction defense, debt, tax issues, and more.

Tel: (415) 989-1616 
(Hours 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST, M-F)


The National Crime Victim Bar Association: For victims of a crime that are interested in receiving a referral for a civil attorney; maintains a nationwide network of attorneys who are dedicated to helping victims of crime rebuild their lives through the Civil Justice system.



Mental Health/Counseling Referrals

Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS): A nonprofit mental health agency with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans; provides therapy, psychiatry, crisis services, and other services to adults, families, and other populations; services offered in multiple languages; located in the Richmond District of San Francisco.

Tel: (415) 800-0699


The Liberation Institute: Clinic with a sliding scale based on income, providing teletherapy (via phone or Internet) and in-person therapy for adults, youth, children, families, and groups; no one turned away due to lack of funds; has a large and diverse selection of therapists, including licensed therapists and doctoral interns; has two locations in San Francisco (in the Mission and SoMa)

Tel: (415) 606-5296 extension 102


Open Path Collective: Nationwide organization providing low-fee (between $40 and $70) in-person therapy and teletherapy for uninsured or under-insured clients who can't afford standard out-of-pocket costs for therapy; first-time clients register and pay a one-time lifetime membership fee; database searchable by language, therapist race, specialty, and other factors.



Psychology Today Therapist Finder: A national database that can be searched by location, cultural specialty, language, religion, and other criteria.



Contact Information

If you have questions or wish to discuss this case with the designated Victim Specialist, please request to schedule a telephone call by emailing Please provide your name, telephone number and best time to reach you. If you require the assistance of an interpreter, please identify your preferred language.

Updated December 7, 2023