Court Docket Number: 20-CR-00120-B-DL
Kristijan Krstic, Xenia Faye Atilano Krstic, Marko Pavlovic, Uros Selakovic, Haojia Miao, Nenad Krstic, Antonije Stojilkovic, Andrija Selakovic, Blazo Radulovic, Nikola Dimitrijevic, Nenad Mladenovic and Milos Mitic, were indicted by a Dallas-based federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in July 2020. On Feb. 4, 2021, the FBI completed the removal of Stojilkovic from Serbia to the Northern District of Texas. U.S. based coconspirator, Haojia Miao, was arrested in California in October 2020.
According to the indictment, the defendants allegedly helped create and market more than 20 fraudulent investing platforms, including Options Giants, Banking Option, Aeon Options, Option Riders, Bancde Options, Instant Options, Fast Options, Elite Options, Start Options, Crypto Trading World, Dragon Mining, Trinity Mining, BTC Mining Factory, Bitcoin Trading World, BTC Trader Online, BTC Falcon, Perpetual Energy, Hedger Tech, Go Solar Mining, Perfect-Options, and others.
From their home bases in China, Serbia, and elsewhere, the defendants allegedly targeted investors around the globe – including several in north Texas – soliciting “investments” in binary options and cryptocurrency mining.
Online, they billed their binary options platforms as “the world’s market leader in binary options,” boasted an average payout of 80 percent, and promised 20 percent refunds on every lost trade. On the cryptocurrency mining platforms, meanwhile, they claimed investors could “purchase bitcoin at half market price!!” due to a “24-7 mining” at facilities “worldwide.”
The defendants concocted profiles – complete with names and photographs, mostly female – for these non-existent investing companies’ officers and chair people, and even used fake names during video conference calls in order to convince potential investors the company was legitimate.
After instructing investors to wire money through an international bank account, the defendants allegedly provided logins for a bogus online investment portal, which consistently showed positive returns on investments. They allegedly fabricated trading activity, withdrawal history, and wire receipts. In actuality, no actual trading had occurred and the so-called “investment” money was used to cover defendants’ personal expenses, to pay commissions, and to further the scheme.
Overall, the conspiracy allegedly duped investors worldwide out of more than $70 million.
|7/9/2021, at 10:00am||Pretrial Conference||
|7/12/2021, at 9:00am||Trial||Boyle/Courtroom 1516|
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