Eisenberg, a 27 year-old US citizen was arrested and detained at MDC Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He’s awaiting transport to look earlier than the Southern District of New York. There, he’s dealing with parallel felony and civil prices. These are introduced by the Division of Justice and the Commodities Futures Buying and selling Fee (CFTC), respectively. In response to the SEC’s grievance, starting on October 11, 2022, Eisenberg engaged in a scheme to steal roughly $116million value of crypto belongings from the Mango Markets platform.
The grievance alleges that Eisenberg, whereas residing in Puerto Rico, wrongly inflated the worth of the MNGO token. He used an account that he managed on Mango Markets to promote a considerable amount of perpetual futures for MNGO tokens. He would consequently use a separate account on Mango Markets to buy those self same perpetual futures.
The grievance additional alleges that Eisenberg then engaged in a collection of enormous purchases of the thinly traded MNGO token. He did this to artificially increase the worth of MNGO token relative to the crypto asset USD Coin.
The grievance additionally alleges that, on account of these transactions, the worth of MNGO perpetual futures on Mango Markets elevated. These included these held by Eisenburg. In response to the grievance, Eisenberg used the elevated worth of his MNGO perpetual futures place to borrow and withdraw roughly $116million value of assorted crypto belongings from Mango Markets. He successfully drained all obtainable belongings from the Mango Markets platform.
No crime too small
David Hirsch, chief of the crypto belongings and cyber unit stated:
“As we allege, Eisenberg engaged in a manipulative and misleading scheme to artificially inflate the worth of the MNGO token. It was bought and offered as a crypto asset safety, to be able to borrow after which withdraw practically all obtainable belongings from Mango Markets. This left the platform at a deficit when the safety worth returned to its pre-manipulation stage.
“As our motion exhibits, the SEC stays dedicated to rooting out market manipulation. No matter the kind of safety concerned.”
The SEC’s grievance, filed in federal district court docket in Manhattan, prices Eisenberg with violating anti-fraud and market manipulation provisions of the securities legal guidelines. It seeks everlasting injunctive aid, a conduct-based injunction, disgorgement with prejudgment curiosity, and civil penalties.
The SEC’s ongoing investigation is being carried out by Kristin Pauley of the crypto belongings and cyber unit. Extra help within the investigation was offered by Thomas Bedkowski of the crypto belongings and cyber unit. Moreover, the SEC’s litigation will probably be led by Alyssa Qualls of the Chicago Regional Workplace. Lastly, the matter is being supervised by Amy Flaherty Hartman, Jorge Tenreiro, Mr. Hirsch, and Carolyn Welshhans.
The SEC appreciates the help of the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York, the FBI, and the CFTC.