Alan Friedland playing fast and loose with fraud evidence
Alan Friedland (right) appears to be withholding evidence from the CFTC.
Outstanding requests for production of documents to Friedland date back to August 2020.
After eight months of stuffing around on Friedland’s part, on April 9th the CFTC filed a motion seeking to compel production.
In their motion the CFTC states Friedland was served for production of documents on August 18th, 2020.
Defendants made defective productions in November and December 2020.
Issues highlighted by the CFTC with Friedland’s production are threefold;
- email communications provided by Friedland were “unusable”;
- Friedland responded to a request for specific software, by providing the CFTC with “software that was publicly available on the internet”; and
- he failed to produce specifically requested materials the CFTC believe he possesses
The CFTC’s motion seeks to compel Friedland to remedy these issues.
In addition to produce requested evidence, Friedland also dodged a scheduled April 7th deposition.
The CFTC served notice of the deposition on Friedland on March 11th.
Anticipating a potential excuse for Friedland failing to appear, the CFTC writes;
The CFTC understands that Friedland may argue that he did not appear because he needed time to review newly-produced documents. This argument is without merit.
The CFTC produced 204 additional documents on April 5, 2021.
After conferring with Friedland several times and providing further information about the production, the CFTC ultimately identified four one-page documents from the new production which might be used at Friedland’s deposition.
All four were newly-discovered documents, all created by Friedland, including an email from Friedland appearing to indicate that Friedland would pay a customer to provide a false affidavit in support of his defense in this litigation.
After the CFTC identified the four documents, Friedland still refused to appear.
Counsel indicated Friedland “has a real issue with the four documents you intend to use and believes the other documents provided as well as material we provided in litigation will shed light on the issues.”
Since the CFTC filed its motion, Friedland has agreed to appear for deposition on May 17th.
With respect to production of evidence an order on the CFTC’s April 9th motion remains pending.
Two days after Friedland failed to appear for his original deposition, he appeared on an NRGY webinar to explain away the CFTC’s fraud case against him.
[3:55] It is a fact that during that timeframe I did an ICO during 2017. And the result of it was… it was a great concept but, and I’ll go into what happened on this call.
I also have a number of CompCoin holders that have joined me today.
I do not have one active lawsuit by any CompCoin holders. And the reason is because all of them understand and know that I’ve been honest (and) forthcoming.
They’ve seen the effects that the government has had on stopping CompCoin and I thank these good people. Some of them have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and yet they steadfastly have supported me, been there and had my back.
And they represent quite frankly over a third of the amount of money that was lost on CompCoin.
The CFTC contends Friedland launched CompCoin and sold the “worthless” coin to investors on the promise of returns.
Friedland represented CompCoin returns were generated via ART, a forex trading bot.
The CFTC claims Friedland marketed CompCoin and ART based on hypothetical trading results (full breakdown of the CFTC’s lawsuit here).
In the NRGY investor webinar, Friedland claims he was “under no obligation to register CompCoin, or the software or myself”.
Friedland states when he reached out to the NFTA about CompCoin, they were “giggly and intrigued”.
[7:54] I got a very positive reception from them initially.
But, I believe it was maybe July or August 2017, the SEC came out and warned about ICOs. This was after we’d completed our ICO, and they did a warning.
And after that time, the regulators who were regulating Fintech Investment Group, keep in mind, not CompCoin, Fintech Investment Group, who proposed CompCoin software trading as a licensed authorized trading program through the NFA, all of a sudden the environment changed.
They botched this up very, very badly.
Friedland goes on to claim US authorities “were not empowered to regulate a cryptocurrency project”.
As I understand it Friedland has funneled a significant number of CompCoin victims into NRGY.
NRGY is a smart-contract Ponzi scheme Friedland covertly launched earlier this year.
Like ART was to CompCoin, Friedland is promising a TradeGenie trading bot to NRGY investors.
Whether NRGY comes up in the CFTC’s lawsuit against Friedland remains to be seen.
Update 27th April 2021 – Alan Friedland has been ordered to hand over the requested evidence.
A separate April 22nd mediation report also reveals mediation proceedings between the parties were unsuccessful.
Update 19th July 2021 – The CFTC has filed for summary judgment against Friedland.