Tagged: enforcement

Distributed Cybersecurity Firm Gladius Dissolves Operations without Complying with SEC Order to Reimburse Investors

Gladius, a “distributed” cybersecurity firm, has reportedly dissolved its operations without complying with the orders from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reimburse the project’s investors. Alex Godwin, the company’s co-founder and CTO, confirmed the dissolution of the firm through a message sent… Read More

Final Judgement: VERI ICO Ordered to Pay $9.5 Million Penalty for Violation of Securities Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the final judgment in regards to the Veri initial coin offering (ICO) which was deemed to be sales of unregistered securities. Veritaseum, Inc. and Veritaseum, LLC  along with Reginald Middleton have been ordered to pay a $9.5… Read More

Report: Some Crypto Firms that Settled with the SEC May Not be Able to Cover Mandated Settlements

Some cryptocurrency firms that were the target of the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement may not be able to adhere to the agreed-upon settlements, according to WSJ.com. Paragon and Airfox are both mentioned in the report. The two companies were deemed to have… Read More

SEC Division of Enforcement Annual Report: “A diverse mix of 862 enforcement actions” including ICOs and Digital Assets

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Enforcement, has published its annual report on enforcement. The Division of Enforcement is the largest division at the SEC. The report states that, during the fiscal year, the SEC brought “a diverse mix of 862 enforcement actions,… Read More

Federal Court Order Regarding Crypto ATM Coin Ends Up with Defendants Hit with $4.25 Million Penalty for Fraud & Misappropriation

An ongoing enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) pertaining to a cryptocurrency called ATM Coin has been resolved with a federal court ordering defendants to pay over $4.25 million in penalties. The US District Court of Eastern District of New York… Read More

SEC and CFTC Charge Swiss-Based First Global Credit for Selling Unregistered Swaps for Bitcoins; Website Domain Seized by FBI

A Switzerland-based securities dealer called XBT Corp/First Global Credit has been charged and fined by the American SEC and CFTC for, “selling unregistered security-based swaps to U.S. investors using bitcoins and for failing to transact its swaps on a registered national exchange.” The company’s website has… Read More

Kik Issues Subpoenas to SEC Head of CorpFin Bill Hinman & More

Filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York this week, Kik Interactive opened up the big guns by issuing multiple subpoenas to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Kik is the target of an SEC enforcement action alleging the sales… Read More

New York District Court Postpones Telegram’s TON Hearing to February 2020

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York postponed the hearing regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) injunction filing against London-based encrypted messaging service provider Telegram.  The hearing has been scheduled to take place on February 18–19, 2020. Telegram’s management had… Read More

Telegram Responds to SEC’s Enforcement Action: SEC is Attempting to “Steamroll Telegram Into Consenting to a Preliminary Injunction Where There is No Need”

Telegram has responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action revealed last week. On October 11, the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and… Read More

Following Emergency Orders from SEC Prohibiting GRAM Token Sales in the US, Telegram Asks Investors for Extension

Telegram, makers of the popular mobile messaging app Telegram, have sent an email to GRAM token investors asking for a six-month extension on the launch of TON, a blockchain network financed by the company’s $1.7 billion USD 2018 token sale. The request for an extension… Read More

CFTC Launches Enforcement Action Against Company Relating to Binary Options on Forex and Cryptocurrency Pairs

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a civil enforcement action against David Gilbert Saffron and Circle Society Corporation, based in Nevada. The CFTC alleges fraudulent solicitation, misappropriation, and registration violations relating to an $11 million binary options scheme Saffron operated through Circle Society…. Read More

Telegram Enforcement Action: “A reminder that the SEC not only has considerable enforcement tools but is willing to use them”

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action against Telegram and the issuance of Gram tokens. The move by the SEC is a doozy and telling. First, Telegram sold about $1.7 billion in a SAFT (simple agreement for future… Read More

Following SEC Action Halting TON Token Sale in US, Telegram Issues Letter to Investors

A letter from a spokesperson for Telegram regarding the SEC’s emergency action to halt the sale of GRAM tokens to US investors has been making the rounds in the crypto media and on forums. In the the letter, “Shyam” states that Telegram, maker of a… Read More

SEC Slams the Brakes on Telegram’s $1.7 Billion Digital Token Offering in an Emergency Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted two offshore entities conducting an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and overseas that has raised more than $1.7 billion… Read More

Florida’s Regulators are Investigating Karatbars, a German firm that’s Promoting a Gold-backed Token [u]

Florida’s regulatory authorities are investigating Karatbars, a German firm that’s been promoting a crypto token linked to a Miami “crypto bank,” which does not have a banking license. Karatbars previously launched a cryptocurrency that the company claimed was backed by gold. In addition to developing… Read More

Missouri Issues Cease and Desist Orders Against Mavixbtc Crypto Brokerage

The Missouri Securities Division under Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has issued cease and desist orders against an entity called Mavixbtc, which allegedly, “offers (cryptocurrency) brokerage and investment advisory services when it is not registered…” According to a release from the Secretary of State’s Office:… Read More

Plexcoin ICO Hit with $7 Million Final Judgement in SEC Enforcement Action

It has been a big week for enforcement actions at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Beyond the routine fraud cases, the SEC Division of Enforcement has announced settlements with several high profile initial coin offerings (ICO). Today, the Plexcoin ICO landed squarely in the… Read More

Block.one, Creator of EOS, Settles with the SEC. Was it a Slap on the Wrist? Did EOS Get a Pass from the Feds?

Earlier this week it was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it had settled with Block.one, creator of EOS, regarding allegations of issuing unregistered securities during an initial coin offering (ICO) that raised a record-breaking $4 billion. The fine assessed by the… Read More

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone Ordered to Compensate Customer Who Lost Funds in Hack

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Coinone, a popular cryptocurrency exchange in Korea, has been ordered by a judge in Seoul to pay 25 million won (~$20 780 USD) to a customer who had his exchange accounts drained in a hack. According to Chosun IT, this is Korea’s first case of a… Read More

Siacoin Makers Settle with SEC, Pay $225K Fine for Issuing Unregistered Securities

Without admitting or denying anything, Nebulous, a company that raised $120,000 USD in two early-days digital token sales, has settled with the SEC and agreed to pay approximately $225,000 USD in disgorgements and penalties. Nebulous maintains the Sia Network, a “decentralized cloud storage platform…more robust… Read More

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