US Judge Backs $27 Million Asset Freeze of ‘Crypto’ Firm Longfin

LongfinA US federal judge has extended the freeze $27 million in assets owned by individuals behind Longfin, a company that saw its value surge as much as 2600% in late December following a purported pivot into the cryptocurrency space.

In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal district court in Manhattan approved a motion filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to grant a preliminary injunction and a continued freeze on $27 million in assets owned by Andy Andy Altahawi, Dorababu Penumarthi, and Suresh Tammineedi, a trio associated with Longfin Corp.

Notably, US District Judge Denise Cote said the trio is likely to lose a trial against the government, suggesting the latter is likely to prove that the three individuals illegally profited from the alleged sale of restricted shares.

The Judge wrote in a court order:

The SEC has carried its burden of showing a likelihood of success of proving at trial that the three defendants violated Section 5 in selling their shares.

Earlier in December 2017, Longfin, which claims to be a fintech firm, saw its value surge as much as 2,600% after announcing its purchase of…

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