Tagged: enforcement

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

SEC Receives $6.8 Fraud Judgement Against Reg A+ Issuer Longfin and Former CEO Venkata S. Meenavalli

On September 26, 2019, Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment against Longfin and former CEO Venkata S. Meenavalli ordering a total of $3,532,235 in disgorgement of all proceeds raised in Longfin’s… Read More

CFTC Alleges $7 Million Dollar Bitcoin Fraud Perpetrated by Jon Barry Thompson

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has charged Jon Barry Thompson of Easton, Pennsylvania, with fraud. Thompson allegedly “knowingly or recklessly making false representations to customers in connection with the purported purchase of Bitcoin worth over $7 million.” The CFTC’s complaint alleges that Thompson… Read More

Report: Embattled ICO-Issuer Kik Closing Down Messaging App

Two individuals who requested anonymity are claiming that Kik has begun disbanding the Isreali subsidiary responsible for running its messaging app, CalcalistTech reports. According to the outlet: “The company is moving all the app’s users to alternative platforms…The 70 employees of Kik’s Israeli cryptocurrency subsidiary… Read More

More ICO Fraud: SEC Charges Jonathan C. Lucas and Fantasy Market, an Adult Entertainment Marketplace, for Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed its latest complaint targeting another allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). According to a release, the SEC has charged Jonathan C. Lucas, the former founder and CEO of Fantasy Market, an online adult entertainment marketplace, with orchestrating… Read More

Former Member of SEC’s Cyber Unit, Philip Moustakis, Comments on ICOBox Enforcement Action: “a Somewhat Irresistible Case for SEC Staff”

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider covered the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action brought against ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov. The complaint by the SEC specifically targeted ICOBox’s own initial coin offering (ICO) and the fact that ICOBox provided services to other ICOs acting like… Read More

SEC Charges Florida Lawyer for Greenlighting Sale of Unregistered Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against a “long-time” Florida securities lawyer accused of aiding and abetting”  an alleged $322 million USD securities fraud. Criminal charges were laid simultaneously September 17th against Attorney Jan Douglas Atlas, 74 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The… Read More

ICOBox and Founder Nikolay Evdokimov Sued by Securities and Exchange Commission Targeting $14 Million ICO as Illegal Securities Offering

ICO Securities Fraud The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has continued its long march of enforcement actions regarding initial coin offerings (ICO) and the platforms that supported them. According to the SEC, ICOBox and founder Nikolay Evdokimov conducted an “illegal $14 million securities offering of… Read More

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