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Amateur Day Traders Liberate The Markets-Making The Rich Richer

“Amateur Day Traders” by the tens of thousands who are taking tips from #reddit and #daytrading rebels, and particularly, the financial market anarchists who believe you are inflicting pain on fat cat wall street hedge fund traders by squeezing their shorts and bidding up share prices of distressed or challenged companies (e.g $GME, $AMC and others) to astronomical prices, here’s the new flash: you are all actually making the rich richer.

YOU want to “stick it to the man” (i.e. wall street and hedge funds) by taking your stimulus money and unemployment checks and take it to a gambling casino where you can bid up shares in what any 8- year old would argue are grossly overvalued stock prices. That’s fine, because you think the shares you are all buying in unison is going to create a short squeeze and hurt professional investors who have bet against obscene tulip bulb style speculation.

Notorious Shark Tank Wizard Kevin O’Leary loves you. Elon Musk is cheering you on. Even the progressive politician Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in favor of your being able to join the new generation of day traders to compete and bet alongside Wall Street professionals, who have been playing this game for years, but you were “excluded”.

What you don’t seem to get is that while your stock and option purchases are driving up the price, every share you purchase is making “the man” billions. Private Equity lenders-who extend loans to the distressed companies on your ‘short squeeze’ target lists made those loans with their having the option to convert the company debt into shares. So, now they are converting that debt into shares and selling those shares to YOU at grossly inflated prices.

Perfect example: $AMC lender Silver Point Capital (the fat cat capitalist firm run by multi-millionaires living in mansions in Greenwich CT) and the firm that makes high interest loans to distressed companies) made $100million in two days ON TOP OF the principal amount of their loan) thanks to the financial market geniuses who are playing musical chairs. And, thanks to you folks, the movie theater chain that was next to bankruptcy last month, sold $300million in stock at share prices the company had never enjoyed in the very best of their times to YOU! Sure, when the pandemic is over, all of you are headed straight to the movie theaters so you can spend $50 for tickets and a box of popcorn and share the crowdsourcing experience with your peeps. What are you going to do with your 70 in TV screens and your streaming subscriptions? Oh, you’ll keep it all with the profits you made day trading? Sounds good

Don’t believe that your intent to cause pain to the rich wall street fat cats is backfiring a smidge? Try reading the facts.

And, the company executives who own shares in these companies are now celebrating, as this is their once in a lifetime opportunity to sell those shares to morons who have put nonsensical prices on them… once the Reddit community starts looking at insider share sale activity (when they are reported at end of the quarter), maybe you’ll scratch your heads and ask yourselves “what the f–ck” did i accomplish, other than turn millionaire executives into billionaire retirees?

Think this is nonsense? OK, Chewey.com founder and recent Board Member for GameStop made $3.6 BILLION in four days this past week–all thanks to the folks who are hoping to “stick it to the man” and other millionaire “capitalists” in some kind of “Occupy WallStreet 2.0” initiative.

Perspective: GameStop’s CEO George Sherman, who Ryan Cohen had said was “out of touch with the new movement toward e-commerce” and proceeded to buy 10% of the company at $7 in November and joined the board in effort to help them pivot), made $400mil this past week. The guy who is out of touch made $400 million in three days, thanks to the RobinHood and Reddit Day Traders Rebellion. Meanwhile, GameStop stores remain shuttered, hundreds of furloughed employees remain out of work, and video gamers are stepping up their purchases at alternative online stores-or buying direct from the manufacturers.

GameStop does not make electric cars, they don’t manufacture magic mushrooms, they are a 30 year old retail store. Ok, when the pandemic is over, one hundred million redditers are going to flock to those stores and buy new stuff. Sure you will.

On behalf of all of the fat cat private equity firms and distressed lenders who have made really big bets on distressed companies with bleak futures, you are to be thanked for making them even richer.

“Creative Designer” for Crypto Fraud Firm Seaquake.io”https://www.linkedin.com/in/selen-katz-0043821a0

Now you should get sucked into a real scam..Click on left image..Go ahead!

When the music stops (meaning when the prices of the shares you bought at wildly inflated prices) fall back inside of 10 seconds to realistic prices that make sense (based on the real value of the company; as measured by sales, profit margins, net income, and assets vs. liabilities), all of you crusading day traders who were determined to screw the establishment will inevitably lose your money in this “occupy wall street v.2.0” campaign folly.

Or, you will have unloaded your shares on the way down to another “comrade in arms” and “believer in the cause” who is as misguided as you. Ever heard of the “greater fool theory”.

Not a very altruistic thing to do to a fellow comrade in arms, but you really don’t care, do you?

Because you are not a crusader, you are not aligned with a movement, you merely want to be included in the new generation of maverick day traders and turn a quick profit so that you can invest in another fractional bitcoin.

BTW- anyone who has the notion to join a mob and storm the SEC building in Washington to protest trading halts when share prices move to extremes, you should ask your parents (or your baby sitter, or your parole officer) whether that makes any sense.

Good luck and God Bless the next generation of ‘online traders’ whose objective is to screw the establishment. Remember, GREED IS GOOD!

When you discover first hand that your behavior left you down and out, you can hope that those fat cats will have a job for you to clean their back-up swimming pool in their 3rd luxury home.

Or MarketsMuse will be happy to hire you to post to their financial industry news platform

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Seaquake.io Fraud; So-Called Crypto Trading Firm Makes Investor Money Disappear

(Source: Law360.com ) Andrew R. Katz, aka Ross Katz, aka Stark Katz  an Arvada, Colorado man who is last known to reside in either of New York City or Southern California, and uses California, Colorado, Florida and New York drivers licenses while claiming to be a former FX trader for EFG Bank, and who now presents himself as co-founder of  Seaquake.io, a”digital asset infrastructure company”, along with Seaquake CFO Matthew J. Krueger of San Francisco, who claims to be a former PayPal “Finance Manager” and the former “Head of Finance” for Venmo, have both been named as Defendants in a Federal Court complaint alleging the two men advanced a systematic scheme to defraud a Florida-based investor group. Also named in the action is Dylan Knight, a UK man who is listed as a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for the company. The Federal Court complaint cites multiple accounts of securities fraud, fraud in the inducement, and wire fraud.

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According to a Zurich-based private equity fund manager who had been repeatedly approached by Katz to invest, “All of the patented elements of old-fashioned investor fraud have been perpetrated by these Seaquake characters, casting yet another shadow of skepticism on the entire digital asset industry. It is amazing how brazen these individuals are. Based on their apparent actions, one can hope that law enforcement officials will do their jobs and prosecute these people quickly. Even if the wheels of justice spin slow, anyone in the industry should be alert to these people and be aware they have already destroyed any future professional career in any industry.”

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Andrew R. Katz, Seaquake.io Founder (l), Matthew J. Krueger, Seaquake “CFO”

According to the Federal Court complaint, Katz lists former jobs at UBS Bank and EFG Capital in investor offering documents, the company’s website, as well as his Linkedin profile, despite Finra having no record of Katz being licensed by that securities industry regulator at any time, and despite EFG Capital having no record of his employment. More important, the court filings include a series of email communications, text messages and group chat messages on Linkedin in which Katz and Krueger made a series of fraudulent representations that induced the investors to enter into a so-called “SAFE Agreement” with the company. Investors were of the belief the funds would be deployed to a high-frequency trading application that Seaquake principals, including so-called CTO Dylan Knight of the UK, claimed to be operating.

JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: SEAQUAKE CO-FOUNDER ANDREW KATZ CHARGED WITH FELONY ASSAULT AND GRAND LARCENY IN NEW YORK; FACES MINIMUM 2 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE

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According to the complaint, only several days after the investors executed the agreement with the company and wiring funds to a Seaquake account at Signature Bank in New York, Katz then informed the investors the high-frequency trading application was “not in fact in production and the [investor] funds would be placed into a money market account until such time as the software was ‘production ready.” Defendants Krueger and Katz also made a series of assertions as to pending institutional investors who committed to providing capital to Seaquake, all of which turned out to be false, according to the filing. According to court documents and independent background searches, it turns out that Katz has driver licenses in New York and California, and is also registered to vote in Florida. Katz has a history of criminal charges, from trespassing charges in New York to domestic abuse charges in Los Angeles. This private investigator’s background report is telling. Other background searches indicate that Katz, along with his mother, Alyson Katz of Arvada, Colorado were plaintiffs in a class action law suit brought against a Utah-based school for emotionally-challenged youth, a facility that Katz was apparently sent to by his parents and attended for at least two years while he was a teenager.

selen katz instagram seloupe andrew katz seaquake scamIf only Andrew Katz’s wife, Selen Katz, a Turkish national and Instagram Influencer who apparently works as a swimsuit model, didn’t need Katz to help her secure a Green Card. Otherwise, perhaps she’d realize that being married to a scam artist is not the path to a happy future in the U.S. More important, actions pending against Katz could raise eyebrows from US immigration authorities who will be evaluating her request for citizenship. She should hope that more recent frauds committed by her husband and his partner in connection with PPP loans don’t add fuel to the criminal investigation fire burning under their butts.

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Back to the primary coverage….Once the investors realized they had been scammed and then demanded the return of the funds, Katz and Krueger took steps to dissolve “Seaquake Partners LP”, the corporate entity the investors sent their funds to, according to the corporate register agent. According to records in the filing, Defendants Katz and Krueger wrote to the investor informing “we will not communicate with your attorney and we have no obligation to provide any further information..” Concurrently, the Defendants transferred the investor funds from the company account at Signature Bank in New York to multiple, newly-created Seaquake entity accounts at a Compass Bank BBVA branch in California, near where Krueger lives. Thereafter, bank records indicate Katz and Krueger dispersed the funds to various internal company accounts, and then transferred a bulk of the investor’s funds to crypto exchange Coinbase, which they moved days later to crypto exchange and custody platform Binance.

As acknowledged by the defendants’ attorney, Yasin Daneshfar of Florida law firm Becker and Poliakoff, Katz and Krueger also moved tens of thousands of dollars to personal accounts the defendants established at Compass Bank. Attorney Daneshfar argued “the so-called “SAFE Agreement” did not preclude the defendants from dispersing the money as they saw fit.” Daneshfar further acknowledged in a recent court appearance that, in addition to the defendants enriching themselves with much of the investor’s funds, the investors’ funds have also been used by Katz and Krueger to pay the Becker law firm in their effort to defend themselves against the investors in federal court. When challenged with this use of funds by the federal court judge who pointed to the series of communications from Katz to the investors, Attorney Daneshfar was said to have responded to the judge with a smirk and a shrug of his shoulders.

While much of the information obtained in the federal court filings may seem to be the source of good fodder for a ten cent crime novel, according to one Switzerland-based venture capital executive who is focused on the digital currency space and who had also been solicited by Seaquake to serve as both an advisor and to provide investment funds, “All of the patented elements of old-fashioned investor fraud have been perpetrated by these Seaquake characters, casting yet another shadow of skepticism on the entire digital asset industry. It is amazing how brazen these individuals are. Based on their apparent actions, and whether or not they get caught by law enforcement officials, they have effectively destroyed any future professional career in any industry.”

david streltsoff-seaquakeDespite all of the shenanigans, David Streltsoff, a Senior Vice President for San Francisco broker-dealer “US Capital Global” and a former salesman for high-frequency trading firms was apparently not deterred from associating himself with Seaquake. According to his LinkedIn profile in the months of September through November 2019, Streltsoff served as “Business Development Executive” for the company, while also a registered broker-dealer for US Capital. Streltsoff’s rofile was updated at the end of November after Streltsoff was served with a federal court subpoena for information pertaining to his involvement with Seaquake. According to a former investigative journalist, now a due diligence advisor to fund managers evaluating crypto startups, Streltsoff told him “It took one too many days for me to figure out this company was peddling nothing more than vaporware, and the scam accusations against them were eye-opening, so I terminated my association with them.” Jeffrey Sweeney, the CEO of US Capital Global has not replied to inquiries.

Update: Since the litigation was filed, at least one other investor has been identified as having been scammed. That investor was apparently introduced to the company in June 2019 by a friend who was employed by Seaquake.io as “business development executive.” That friend sent the investor a so-called Safe Agreement, along with wire payment instructions to a Seaquake bank account held by a Bank of America branch in Colorado. Once that investor learned of the recent court action, the investor contacted Katz and demanded the return of the money sent to Seaquake in July. Katz replied via email stating “we have no record of having executed a Safe Agreement with you, and the former employee provided you with incorrect wire instructions, so we never received your money, and we don’t owe you anything.” When the investor provided Katz and Krueger with Bank of America correspondence that affirmed the Seaquake account information was correct and confirmation from the bank the wire payment had in fact been credited to the account Katz created, Katz ceased all further communication. That investor has since filed a criminal complaint and the former executive is said to be cooperating with law enforcement authorities. Perhaps Mr. William Bao Bean, a principal of SOSV Ventures / Chinaccelerator –which recently disclosed making an investment in “Seaquakes”, as did Jeremy Colless, Managing Partner of down-under VC “Artesian Capital” both failed to get the memo…(?)

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In November, the federal court judge lifted the temporary restraining order on bank accounts controlled by Seaquake principals Katz and Krueger, and cited concerns as to whether the Florida court was the appropriate jurisdiction to litigate the action. Plaintiffs are expected to continue the litigation.

Katz was last seen in December at the Hotel Kai Tulum resort in Cabo San Lucas vacationing with his wife, who posted an assortment of photos baring ‘birthday bling’ while sipping margaritas.

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