SEC-PRESS RELEASE SEC-PR-2024-35Release ID: SEC-PR-2024-35

Release Date: March 14, 2024

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Source Access Date: April 21, 2024

Headline: SEC Charges 17 Individuals in $300 Million Crypto Asset Ponzi Scheme Targeting the Latino Community


  1. Ismael Zarco Sanchez of Conroe Texas
  2. Gabriel Arguelles of Chicago Illinois
  3. Hector Aquino of Santa Monica California
  4. Gloria Castaneda of Berwyn Illinois
  5. Orlin Wilifredo Turcios Castro of Spring Texas
  6. Carmen De la Cruz of Tomball Texas
  7. Elizabeth Escoto of Kenner Louisiana
  8. Reyna Guiffaro of Kenner Louisiana
  9. Marco Antonio Lemus of Houston Texas
  10. Dulce Ochoa of Edinburg Texas
  11. Gabriel Ochoa of Edinburg Texas
  12. Juan Puac of Port Saint Lucie Florida
  13. Maria Saravia of Houston Texas
  14. Luis Serrano of Saint Rose Louisiana
  15. Julio Taffinder of Cypress Texas
  16. Claudia Velazquez of Santa Monica California
  17. Roberto Zavala of Cerritos California
  18. SEC Complaint PDF

Related Entities & Individuals:

  • CryptoFX LLC (Texas LLC Houston Texas)
  • Mauricio Chavez of Houston Texas

Previous Related Releases:


  • If you are an investor in CryptoFX and/or have information related to the CryptoFX scheme and you wish to contact the SEC staff, please reach out to or contact the court-appointed receiver in the SEC’s ongoing action against CryptoFX, Chavez, and Benvenuto, at , (713) 546-5653, or .
  • The SEC encourages investors to check the backgrounds of anyone selling or offering them an investment using the free and simple search tool on .
  • Investors also can learn more about the risks of investing in unregistered offerings by reading alerts issued by the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.


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