Crypto-mining firm GAW Miners LLC’s investors given Class status by U.S District Court

Less than a year ago, Homero Joshua Garza was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution of over $9 million by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut. The Founder and CEO of GAW Miners LLC, Garza, was prosecuted for defrauding victims out of their money, in connection with the illegal procurement of cryptocurrencies on the firm’s behalf.

The case in question is in the news again after Bloomberg reported that investors in the controversial GAW Miners LLC’s cryptocurrency mining products can “pursue securities fraud claims” against the firm’s co-owner as a class.

The US District Court judge, Michael P. Shea, ruled that a company making misrepresentations about its computing capacity is a common issue to all class members. Over 212,000 users who executed 33 million transactions with the company were defrauded of the money they had invested in.

Investors had alleged that the mining firm did not use the profits generated from mining digital currencies for any of the mining pools’ computing power. According to the lawsuit filed against GAW Miners LLC, the company was involved in a Ponzi scheme wherein money was poured into the pockets of existing clients by new clients the company brought in, which was a clear violation of the U.S Securities and Exchange Act.

According to the report, the U.S District Court gave the concerned parties until July 5 of this year to raise any doubts about the modified class action, in an attempt to avoid standing problems.

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