Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that SHENG-WEN CHENG, a/k/a “Justin Cheng,” a/k/a “Justin Jung,” pled guilty to major fraud against the United States, bank fraud, securities fraud, and wire fraud in connection with multiple fraud schemes he perpetrated. Specifically, CHENG engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain over $7 million in Government-guaranteed loans designed to provide relief to small businesses during the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. CHENG also solicited and obtained investments in Alchemy Coin Technology Limited and related companies controlled by CHENG through materially false and misleading statements and omissions. Finally, CHENG fraudulently obtained due diligence fees from various start-up companies as part of an advance fee scheme. CHENG pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.