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Australia’s first cryptocurrency fraud case filed to the Federal Court

In a first for Australia, a fraud case has been filed to the Federal Court by a cryptocurrency scam victim, seeking more than $800,000.
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 A cryptocurrency fraud case has been filed to the Federal Court of Australia. It is believed to be a first for Australian law. The complainant is Alexandre Raffin, is accusing Modern Assets Australia and its directors Jonathan Allison and Carlo Sciubba of breaching their duty of care. Modern Assets Australia is a Gold Coast-based investment company that deals in cryptocurrency. Consequently, Raffin believes this alleged breach resulted in him being scammed out of $93,000

Let’s dive deeper into the case.

Alexandre Raffin v Modern Assets Australia Pty Ltd & ORS

According to ABC News, Raffin approached Modern Assets to purchase South Korean cryptocurrency, Klatyn.

Allegedly, a disagreement between the two parties meant the deal fell through. Raffin claims that Modern Assets then put him in touch with its supplier of Klatyn.

After communicating with the supplier, Raffin states he handed over $93,000. This amount was to be exchanged for 937,000 units of Klatyn. Instead, the person disappeared with Raffin’s money.

Raffin runs a brokerage firm called GAINS Associates. He says the money lost, in what he considers a scam, belonged to his firm’s clients. Due to this, Raffin paid the clients back from his own pocket.

He told ABC News he is now seeking to recover the $93,000. In addition, Raffin is seeking an additional $800,000 as that would have been the cryptocurrency’s worth in August 2020.  

A spokesperson from Modern Assets also spoke to ABC News, saying the investment company denies and will be defending all allegations.

Australian national charged with securities fraud in New York

This is the first cryptocurrency fraud case on Australian soil. However, an Australian was charged with fraud over his cryptocurrency investments in the United States.

In February this year, Stefan He Qin was charged with one count of securities fraud. Furthermore, he plead guilty in a Manhattan federal court.

Qin was found to have taken money from a cryptocurrency-based investment fund he owned. Using it for personal expenses and investments. He then faked data to fool investors into believing their cryptocurrency investments were gaining in value.

All up, Qin was found to have scammed over US$90 million.

Cryptocurrency scams on the rise

According to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), COVID-19 brought with it a rise in cryptocurrency scams targeting Australians.

ASIC reportedly saw a 20% increase in Australian’s becoming victims of cryptocurrency scams. It warns that recovering money from cryptocurrency scams is particularly difficult and rarely successful.

The Australian Government has created a resource for those worried about cryptocurrency scams.

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Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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