Tagged: enforcement

Alleged Paid Pump House ICO Rating Settles Charges with SEC with $270,000 Fine

ICO Rating, a Russia based initial coin offering and research firm, has paid a fine to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding allegations that it failed to disclose payments received from issuers for publicizing their digital asset securities offerings. According to a statement from… Read More

SEC Settles with Blockchain based Health Care Platform SimplyVital Health in Regards to Initial Coin Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an Administrative Proceeding earlier this week regarding an initial coin offering (ICO) affiliated with SimplyVital Health – a company that pursued an ICO in late 2017 and early 2018. The SEC claims that SimplyVital sold unregistered securities. SimplyVital… Read More

SEC Freezes $8 Million from Alleged Bogus ICO & Manipulation Fraud Perpetrated by Reggie Middleton [u]

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division has announced charges against Reginald “Reggie” Middleton who allegedly engaged in fraud related to a digital securities offering. The courts have granted an emergency freeze on $8 million in assets of a reported $14.8 million that Middleton… Read More

Kik Responds to SEC Enforcement Action: “the Commission’s Complaint reflects a consistent effort to twist the facts”

Kik Interactive has responded to the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement action alleging the sales of unregistered securities. The legal fisticuffs are being intently followed by the crypto industry and any decision may impact the entire US digital asset industry. Earlier this year, a… Read More

Pocketinns Accused of Selling Unlicensed Securities, INNS Tokens, in New Jersey

Attorney General of New Jersey and the Chief of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities have filed a civil action complaint against Sarvajnya G . Mada (“Mada”) and Pocketinns, Inc., accusing them of selling, “approximately $410,000 of unregistered securities to 217 investors in violation of…New Jersey… Read More

SEC Posts Final Judgement in Enforcement Action Against Founders of Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform iFunding

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted final judgments in the case of real estate crowdfunding platform iFunding and co-founders William Skelley and Sohin Shah.  The two founders were charged last year by the SEC Enforcement Division regarding allegations of fraud in the misappropriation… Read More

Massachusetts Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Florida Woman, 62, Participating in Multi-State Crypto Fraud Scheme

The Massachusetts Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth Enforcement Section is seeking orders to force a 62-year-old woman in Florida to cease perpetuating a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme operating in at least 6 American states. The agency is also asking that… Read More

Federal Court Orders Duo to Pay Penalties, Restitution for Bitcoin Fraud

In a case brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), two defendants, Morgan Hunt and Kim Hecroft, were ordered to pay almost $400,000 in penalties and restitution regarding Bitcoin-related fraud. The CFTC cautioned that the repayment of funds to victims may not result in… Read More

Man Behind “BBB” Binary Options and “ATM Coin” Cryptocurrency Frauds Sentenced to 7 Years

A judge in the state of New York has sentenced Blake Kantor (also known as “Bill Gordon”), 44, to 86 months’ (~7 years’) imprisonment and three years’ supervised release for defrauding 700 people in a binary options and cryptocurrency scheme. Kantor pleaded guilty to charges… Read More

Blockchain Association Takes Over Defend Crypto Campaign but Questions Linger if this is the Right Battle

Last week, the Blockchain Association announced in a blog post that it would take over the Defend Crypto campaign, launched by Kik Interactive. Kik is engaged in a legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an initial coin offering that raised about… Read More

Crypto Expert Stephen McKeon Comments on Kik’s ICO Battle with the Security and Exchange Commission

It has been widely known that Kik was engaged in a cage match with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ever since Kik went public regarding a Wells Notice submitted by the SEC. A Wells Notice informs an entity they may be the target of… Read More

SEC Hits Blockchain Company Longfin with Additional Fraud Charges Related to Reg A+ Offering, Longfin CEO Hit with Criminal Charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has added new fraud charges against Longfin Corp. and its CEO for falsifying the company’s revenue. Longfin’s former consultant Andy Altahawi was also included in the action for “fraudulently securing the company’s listing on Nasdaq.” In April of 2018,… Read More

Bitcoin Lifestyler and Purveyor of Fraudulent Nevada “Bitcointopia” Land Scheme Sentenced to 21 Months

A series of legal troubles experienced by well-known Bitcoin evangelist and lifestyler Morgan Rockcoons, 31, have concluded in California with Rockcoons being sentenced to 21 months in prison. In two separate indictments, Rockcoons was charged with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and wire fraud. He… Read More

Kik Battle Line: DefendCrypto Fund Seeks to Challenge the SEC & Current Regulatory Approach with Crypto

Kik Interactive Inc., a company based in Canada, raised about $100 million selling Kin tokens in an initial coin offering (ICO) during the midst of the hot crypto issuance market in 2017. First sold to accredited investors in a SAFT, once the platform was functional,… Read More

SEC Sues Daniel Pacheco, Purveyor of Alleged $26.5 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme “IPro”

The SEC has filed a civil suit against Daniel Pacheco, 45, of San Clemente, California, alleging he pervaded a cryptocurrency-based pyramid scheme called “IPro” that collected more than $26.5 million USD from investors: “The SEC’s complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges that from January 2017 through March… Read More

SEC Halts Diamond Related ICO, Charges Crypto Business Argyle Coin & Jose Angel Aman with Multi-Million Ponzi Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has receved another emergency court order halting an alleged initial coin offering (ICO) fraud. According to the SEC, a $30 million Ponzi scheme, led by South Florida-based Argyle Coin, and its principal Jose Angel Aman, targeted over 300 US… Read More

SEC and OSC Take Action Against NextBlock Global and Alex Tapscott for Misleading Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) have jointly taken action against Alex Tapscott and NextBlock Global Limited for misleading investors pertaining to digital asset investments. Both agencies require Tapscott-NextBlock to pay penalties affiliated with the securities offering. According to… Read More

New York Attorney General Issues Court Order Alleging Fraud Pertaining to Bitfinex and Tether. Cover Up of $850 Million Loss is Claimed.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has obtained a court order against crypto exchange Bitfinex ( iFinex Inc.) and stablecoin Tether alleging violations of New York law in connection with “ongoing activities that may have defrauded New York investors that trade in virtual or cryptocurrency…. Read More

FinCEN Fines and Bars Independent Cryptocurrency Exchanger

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), part of the US Department of Treasury, has fined the operator of a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading service $35,350 USD and barred him from money-transmitting, “for willfully violating the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) registration, program, and reporting requirements.” In a release… Read More

REACT: Five SIM-Swap Crypto Hackers Arrested in US in 2018, Dozens at Large

A sergeant from the Silicon Valley-based Regional Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) says 5 hackers, aged 18-26, who collectively stole $50 million USD in cryptocurrencies by taking over victims phones were arrested in 2018, The New York Post reports. Two of the more infamous alleged… Read More

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