The Black Banx Story – From securities manipulation scheme via OneCoin to Quadriga crypto collapse
On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the British citizen Roger "Rocket" Knox, 49, founder and operator of Swiss asset management firm Wintercap pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. His co-conspirators Matthew Ledvina, Milan Patel and Morrie Tobin have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing. According to the U.S. regulator SEC, Knox's scheme used Michael Gastauer's Black Banx (previosly "WB21") group of companies to launder the scheme's illicit proceeds. Knox was arrested in October 2018 and remains in custody until the scheduled sentencing the court ordered.