Tagged: fraud

Five on Trial for Gold Smuggling, Chinese P2P Lending Ponzi Scheme

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In a follow-up to the Ezubao (Ezubo) shutdown, five people affiliated with the Chinese P2P lending platform that is accused of a Ponzi scheme are on trial for gold smuggling.  This is the first court case that is a part of a scandal that robbed investors of between… Read More

Insider: China Tells Regional Governments to Start Investigating Fraud

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This past weekend, Crowdfund Insider reported that China government officials published a list of restrictions for peer to peer lenders. These were largely a rehash of previously revealed regulations directed towards internet finance and more specifically peer to peer lending. But the Chinese government is… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

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CreditEase is Confronted with Another Tuition Loan Fraud Earlier this month, Chinese p2p lending platform CreditEase was confronted with another tuition loan fraud. TOEIC English, a TOEFL training institution which launched a collaborative tuition loan product with CreditEase, was found shuttered with no reason. Students… Read More

TransUnion Launches Fraud Prevention Exchange at Lend360 Conference

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TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced the launch of its Fraud Prevention Exchange, an industry collaborative designed to combat online fraud at the Lend360 conference. The Fraud Prevention Exchange will leverage the power of collective data and help lenders face challenges brought on by originations fraud, including synthetic identity and loan stacking. TransUnion… Read More

EY Gets Caught Up in Failed P2P Lender Jinxing Investments

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Shanghai Daily is reporting that global consultancy EY has gotten sucked into the collapse of peer to peer lender Jinxing Investments. According to the report, the Shanghai offices of EY has endured several protests becoming surrounded by angry investors who were under the impression that… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud Case?

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The case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding fraud came to light just as Reg CF or Title III crowdfunding rules were announced to the public in October of 2015.   Ascenergy, an aspiring oil and gas operation, had raised about $5 million from approximately 90 investors,… Read More

As Skully Collapses, Lawsuit Heats Up as Founders are Sued with Allegations of Fraud

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Last month it was reported that Skully, a company launched to create a super cool augmented reality motorcycle helmut, had jettisoned its founders as investors had enough of the lack of progress and mismanagement. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Skully is no more. While the very… Read More

Trendon Shavers Gets 18 Months in Prison for Bitcoin Savings & Trust Fraud

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According to Reuters, Trendon Shavers, founder of the Bitcoin Savings and Trust company, received 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay back $1.25 million to his victims.  The sentence was handed down this week by US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Federal… Read More

88 Delicious Creator Alan Christopher Colton Receives 2 Year Suspended Sentence for Fraud

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Alan Christopher Colton, who was previously convicted of fraud, received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a £100 fine earlier this week, according to the Times.   Colton, and his company 88 Delicious, a flavored Vodka brand, had previously offered shares in the company on Crowdcube… Read More

GlobalCrowdTV Settles with SEC, Acknowledges Violations of Federal Securities Laws

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Steven J. Muehler, operator of the Alternative Securities Markets, Blue Coast Securities and GlobalCrowdTV, has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission while admitting the conduct violated federal securities laws.  The proceedings by the SEC came out of an apparent “scheme to defraud”  by Muehler…. Read More

Zopa Teams Up With Sphonic to Detect Real-Time Fraud

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On Monday, peer-to-peer lending platform, Zopa, announced it has teamed up with risk management business, Sphonic, to launch the Workflow Manager (WFM) solution for real-time fraud detection. Zopa reported that WFM’s software acts as a context-broker that leverages data points from over 50 of the… Read More

Crowdcube Points to Off Platform Fraud in 88 Delicious Pitch

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88 Delicious Brands Limited listed an offer on Crowdcube back in 2013. The crowdfunding round had raised a substantial amount of funding before Crowdcube pulled the plug and removed the campaign.  Crowdcube states that no funds were taken or transferred via their platform. Apparently Alan Colton Jr.,… Read More

Weighing the Risks for the “Crowd” in Equity Crowdfunding

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  Now that the long awaited and much anticipated federal crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act have become effective, startup companies can raise seed capital from everyday, non-accredited retail investors through online equity crowdfunding platforms. Many of these investors are excited to… Read More

Another One Bites the Dust: Chinese Police Shut Down P2P Lending Platform Esudai

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Add Esudai to a growing list of fraudulent Chinese P2P lending platforms that are being shut down by the Chinese government.  Today Reuters reported that police in the Huizhou, Guangdong province, had detained 13 executives including legal representative and chairman Jian Huixing from the Guangdong Huirong… Read More

Wealthroll Owner Xu Qin Confesses Ponzi Scheme: Online Lender Defrauded $6.1B. World Capital Market Caught in Pyramid Scheme

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As Chinese authorities continue their hunt for unregulated online lending and investment firms, more fraudulent fintech platforms are bound to be nabbed for unseemly and illegal behavior.  Today Bloomberg News reported the latest Ponzi scheme that separated 39.9 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) from 25,000 investors. Crowdfund… Read More

China Update: Guidelines, Not Rules Quite Yet for Alternative Finance

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  China is the largest market for alternative finance in the world. According to the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), China delivered over $100 billion in alternative finance, including peer to peer lending and crowdfunding, in 2015.  This was more than a 3X jump… Read More

Complying with AML Laws: Challenges for the Fintech Industry

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  “Silicon Valley is coming.  There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” This warning came not from a pundit or Silicon Valley lobbyist, but from Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer… Read More