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Six Cryptominers Arrested in Germany for Stealing Electricity

Five men and one woman have been arrested in Klingenthal, Germany and are charged with stealing 220 000 Euros ($249 843 USD) worth of electricity to run a cryptocurrency mine consisting of 49 computers housed in an industrial facility, Freie Presse reports. Officials reportedly detected… Read More

Texas Sanctioned 16 Fraudulent Crypto Offerings in 2018, Including Bitconnect

The latest enforcement report from the Texas State Securities Board states that the regulator issued cease and desist orders against 16 unlicensed crypto ventures soliciting investors in Texas in 2018. The most noteworthy of those ventures is Bitconnect, a massive global crypto Ponzi scheme that accumulated… Read More

Enforcement: SEC Charges Online Gaming Company Kizzang & Founder with Fraud, Raised $9 Million From Investors and Used Funding as “Personal Piggybank”

Securities Fraud 101 Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division filed a complaint against online gaming firm Kizzang and founder Robert Alexander. The SEC alleges that from February 2013 to mid 2017, Alexander raised approximately $9 million from 53 different investors. Unfortunately for… Read More

Report: Kik Plans to Battle Expected SEC Enforcement Action Regarding $100 Million ICO

In a report this past weekend, Kik – a Canada based company, indicated its intent to battle an anticipated enforcement action by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to WSJ.com, Kik is willing to go to the mat with the Commission in the… Read More

Enforcement Never Rests: SEC Announces Charges in the Edgar Hacking Case

Even while much of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on furlough due to the US government shutdown, today the SEC announced charges against nine defendants for participating a hack into the SEC’s EDGAR system – the database that hosts all mandated securities filings…. Read More

SEC Settles with Robo Advisors Wealthfront & Hedgeable on Claims of False Statements

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled proceedings against Wealthfront Advisors LLC and Hedgeable, Inc, regarding claims of making false statements and publishing misleading advertising. This enforcement action marks the first the SEC has taken against Robo-advisors – a hot sector of Fintech. Wealthfront, a… Read More

More Details Surface on the Extradition of Romanian Crypto Exchange Operator to US

A Romanian citizen arrested last week by local cyber police and American Secret Service agents has been released on bail in the city of Cluj where he runs one of the region’s largest crypto exchanges. The agents flew to Romania to seek the arrest and… Read More

Hulkster Dark Net Dealer Gets Crypto Seized by Irish Authorities as “Proceeds of Crime”

Neil Mannion, a convicted drug dealer who allegedly traded on darknet sites such as Silk Road and Agora under the name ‘Hulkster’, has lost a legal battle to keep his crypto, according to a report in the Irish Examiner. Judge Carmel Stewart approved a request… Read More

Italian Regulators Shut Down Two Crypto Firms, Project Crypto GreenEarth and Bitsurge

Consob (Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa) the Italian agency that regulates the securities industry, has put a halt to two crypto-based offerings, according to postings on their site. Both companies have received a 90 day suspension on a “precautionary basis” and are banned… Read More

Former AriseBank Executives Implicated in Allegedly Fraudulent ICO Settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled with the executive management involved with the AriseBank initial coin offering (ICO). The allegedly fraudulent ICO came to a screeching halt with the SEC obtained a court order halting the AriseBank ICO that targeted retail investors to invest in the… Read More

Romanian Bitcoin Exchange Operator Detained for Extradition to US

Prosecutors and police from the Romanian Organized Crime Brigade and other divisions as well as four agents from the US Secret Service arrested a Bitcoin exchange operator Tuesday in the city of Cluj, Romania, EVZ reports. Călin Vlad Nistor, 30, is reportedly being investigated in two criminal… Read More

Japan Prosecutors Seeking 10 Years Imprisonment for Disgraced Mt Gox Bitcoin Exchange CEO, Mark Karpeles

Prosecutors in Japan today asked the courts to levy ten years imprisonment against Mark Karpeles, former CEO of Mt Gox, the largest early bitcoin exchange, Nikkei Asian Review reports. Mt Gox folded in 2014 after $423 million in bitcoins and $247 million in cash went… Read More

Prosecuted LocalBitcoins Seller Arrested for Alleged Fraud in “Bitcointopia” Nevada Land Scheme

About eight months ago, a man facing jail for allegedly taking more cash than is legally allowed in a Bitcoin transaction began heavily promoting a “Bitcointopia” project he’d conceived to develop in Nevada. Morgan Rockcoons, (also known as Nodefather, Morgan Rockwell, and Metaballo) posted relentless… Read More

Gibralter Fines WaveCrest Prepaid Crypto Card Company $315 000 for AML/CFT Failings

Gibralter, an, “Offshore tax haven…not exactly known for (its) punctiliousness in punishing companies offering below-board services,” has fined the pre-paid cryptocurrency card provider Wavecrest about $315 000 for “serious” problems with its anti-money laundering/anti-terrorist finance controls, Financial Times Alphaville (FTA) reports. According to FTA, WaveCrest…”once did big… Read More

SEC Enforcement Co-Director Emphasizes Importance of International Cooperation to Combat ICO Fraud

Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of  Enforcement, told an audience at Harvard Law School this week that, given the increasingly cross-border nature of ICO and securities fundraising, “Collaboration with international regulators and law enforcement is critical to the SEC’s civil law enforcement success.”… Read More

SEC Shuts Down Unregistered CoinAlpha Crypto Fund

The SEC has settled with CoinAlpha Advisors LLC, a Delaware-registered, California-based company the Commission says sold a cryptocurrency investment fund product without registering with the SEC or qualifying for a securities exemption. According to the cease-and-desist order issued Friday, December 7th, CoinAlpha Advisors formed in… Read More

A Big November for the SEC’s Regulation of Crypto: What Does It Mean?

November was a busy month for the SEC’s burgeoning regulation of digital assets. In the first action of its kind, the Commission brought enforcement proceedings against the founder of digital asset trading platform EtherDelta for operating as an unregistered securities “exchange.” Ten days later, the… Read More

Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and DJ Khaled Settle Charges with SEC Regarding ICO Promotions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges against two high-profile initial coin offering (ICO) promoters.  Music producer DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. were cited for failing to disclose they were remunerated for promoting ICOs via their social media channels. The SEC… Read More

Texas Issues Emergency Cease-and-Desist Orders Against My Crypto Mine

  The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) has issued an emergency cease-and-desist order against an accused serial fraudster, Mark Steven Royer. Mr. Royer is allegedly selling the “My Crypto Mine” project, which bears the features of a pyramid scheme. Earlier this year, Royer and two partners… Read More

Templum Comments on SEC ICO Enforcement Action: “We are Likely to See Continued Enforcement Actions & Litigation”

On November 16th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement actions against initial coin offerings (ICOs) that did not file for an appropriate securities exemption following the SEC’s DAO report. The SEC settled claims with both Paragon and AirFox with each ICO issuer… Read More

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