The United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency action to stop the fraud and freeze assets, which was granted on September 29, 2022. The SEC then filed a complaint against the company and its leaders Mauricio Chavez and Giorgio "Gio" Benvenuto. The SEC alleged CryptoFX had raised at least $12 million from 5,000 investors, which ostensibly would be put into crypto markets but instead was primarily used to "fund [Chavez's] real estate company and extravagant lifestyle".
CryptoFX is a crypto-based scheme targeted specifically to Latines, promising to invest its victims' assets in cryptocurrencies and teach its customers how to trade crypto. It also reportedly functioned as a pyramid scheme, using a "referral program" to incentivize people to recruit friends, family, and people in their communities.
- "SEC Halts Crypto Asset-Related Fraud Victimizing Latino Investors", United States Securities and Exchange Commission