Cryptocurrency Businesses in Clark County Hit With Lawsuit

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A Florida man, Roberto Rubim, and his Orlando-based company, Orion30 LLC, have filed a suit in Clark County Superior Court against Andrey Kechik, Andrey Taranov, their companies Crypto LLC and GOGO Technologies, LLC, for breaching their fiduciary duties, violating Washington’s securities act, breaching their contract, and violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

The complaint, filed in February, claims that Kechik, Taranov, and their companies have been soliciting investors to purchase unregistered securities in the form of “fully managed” cryptocurrency mining packages. They allegedly advertise their services as “A better way to invest in Bitcoin” and promise investors they will receive a rapid return on their investment and earn significant passive income.

Rubim claims to have been enticed to invest more than $800,000, in cash and equipment, into the defendants’ crypto mining operations. The complaint states that the investments have not been repaid. His attorney, John Bender from Seattle-based law firm Corr Cronin LLP, said the case is significant for investors and operators in Washington’s crypto mining industry.

The defendants are being represented by Portland attorney Michael Clark Willes from Tonkon Torp LLP. The complaint argues that the defendants have not registered with the state to sell securities and have not honored their promises of a rapid return on investments and substantial passive profits. Rubim alleges that he earned “nowhere near 100 percent” of his money back in the months following the initial profitability promise.

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