The latest litigation filed against BitConnect marks the fourth class-action filed against the company in two weeks.
In the latest lawsuit, filed in Minnesota on January 31st, Plaintiff Patricia Mengesha seeks to hold BitConnect International PLC, BitConnect LTD and BitConnect Trading liable for ‘financial losses suffered from an inline investment scam‘.
According to Mengesha, a resident of Dakota County, Minnesota,
Bitconnect scammed thousands of Minnesotans and hundreds of thousand of Americans out of millions and millions of dollars.
Bitconnect took advantage of the increased attention, interest and success of cryptocurrencies and legitimate companies and technology to convince Plaintiff and the class that they would make money on their investment in Bitconnect’s product.
As published in BehindMLM’s April, 2017 BitConnect review, Mengesha claims
Bitconnect was both a pyramid scheme and a Ponzi scheme. That is, it relied on new money from new users, who were in turn expected to get more new users to produce more new money, while not actually engaging in any real activity that would produce income, profits or benefit to investors.
Mengesha asserts that relying on representations made to her by BitConnect regarding investment in the platform, resulted in her investing
- $1010 on December 27, 2017
- $1420 on January 6, 2018 and
- $10,100 on January 12, 2018
On January 16th BitConnect collapsed, although Mengesha claims as an investor she became aware of BitConnect’s collapse on January 13th.
Following her investment of $12,770 and BitConnect’s collapse, Mengesha states her ‘investment is worth a few hundred dollars‘.
Mengesha’s complaint seeks to establish a Minnesota class of victims,
who invested money in the Bitconnect lending program between January 25, 2017 and January 17, 2018, through the transfer of Bitcoin or any other currency to Bitconnect.
Across seven counts, Mengesha is accusing BitConnect of
- violating Minnesota Securities Laws
- Violating the Federal Securities Act
- breach of contract
- fraud by concealment
- violations of the Minnesota Prevention of Consumer Fraud Act
- false advertising and
- fraudulent inducement
Mengesha’s lawsuit seeks
- certification of the proposed Minnesota class of BitConnect victims
- an order temporarily and permanently enjoining BitConnect from continuing the unlawful, deceptive, fraudulent, and unfair business practices alleged
- an order temporarily and permanently enjoining defendants from selling, liquidating, transferring, spending or otherwise dissipating assets earned from Plaintiff and the Class
- injunctive relief to make Plaintiff and the Class whole
- costs, restitution , damages and disgorgement in an amount to be determined at a jury trial and
- legal costs