Tagged: enforcement

SEC and CFTC Issue Joint Statement on Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions

Following the announcement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that it had undertaken two enforcement actions against Bitcoin / virtual currency related fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and CFTC issued a joint statement from SEC co-enforcement Directors Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin… Read More

Happy Friday: CFTC Files Second Cryptocurrency Enforcement Action Against CabbageTech, DBA Coin Drop Markets

The CFTC Division of Enforcement Virtual Currency Task Force has been rather busy. Today, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has shared two enforcement actions filed against Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency related fraud cases. The first was against the Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, the second was filed against Defendants Patrick… Read More

US CFTC Files Enforcement Action Against UK Registered Company, the Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, Alleging Bitcoin Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Defendants Dillon Michael Dean of Longmont, Colorado. Dean’s company, The Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited, is apparently registered in the UK. The documentation filed… Read More

Massachusetts Securities Division Takes Enforcement Action Against Caviar ICO, based in Cayman

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Securities Division has filed an administrative complaint against Kirill Bensonoff and Caviar, a Cayman Island company. Bensonoff is said to own a home in Brookline, Massachusetts and is described as attempting to avoid US securities laws by operating out… Read More

Punch TV Reg A+ Offer is Temporarily Suspended by SEC After Raising $3 Million

Punch TV, perhaps the first potential issuer to attempt to raise capital using updated rules under Reg A+, has had its offer suspended by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The administrative proceeding by the SEC follows an “Offer of Settlement” by Punch TV that… Read More

SEC Halts Trading of UBI Blockchain Internet Due to Business Concerns & Unusual Market Activity

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a trading suspension for UBI Blockchain Internet, Ltd. The SEC said they had questions regarding the accuracy of assertions, since at least September 2017, by UBIA in filings with the SEC regarding the company’s business operations. The SEC… Read More

SEC Halts Trading of The Crypto Company on OTC Markets as Allegations of Share Price Manipulation Leveled by Feds

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed an order to suspend the trading in shares of The Crypto Company (OTC Pink:CRCW). Shares in The Crypto Company had recently risen to over $640 per share. The 52 week low of shares in CRCW were $3.30 each…. Read More

Here is the SEC Order that Halted Munchee ICO

Today, the Securities and Exchange Division announced it had halted an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as an unregulated securities offering. Munchee, a food review App based on Blockchain, agreed to refund all investors without accepting nor denying the allegation. The ICO was seeking $15 million… Read More

Munchee Halted: SEC Shuts Down Initial Coin Offering as an Unregistered Security

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shut down an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as conducting an unregistered securities offering. This is the first time the SEC has has halted an ICO where there were no allegations of fraud representing a new shift in approach… Read More

SEC Emergency Action Halts PlexCoin ICO Scam. First Charges Filed by New SEC Cyber Unit

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) scam that reportedly raised up to $15 million from thousands of investors since August. Dominic Lacroix, and his company, PlexCorps, had launched the PlexCoin ICO and falsely… Read More

SEC Halts Ad Packs Ponzi Scam that Raised Over $38 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a complaint, filed in September, against Miami-based Pedro Fort Berbel and his company Fort Marketing Group. The SEC says that Berbel and his company operated  a Ponzi scheme that used a fraudulent internet advertising scam under such names… Read More

Bogus ICO Perp Faces Possible 5 Years in Jail for RECoin Offer that Did Not Really Exist

Crowdfund Insider reported last month about the RECoin Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that promised tokens backed by real estate that did not really exist. Maksim Zaslavskiy, the alleged mastermind behind a fraud launched from a series of companies including RECoin Group Foundation, DRC World and Diamond… Read More

SEC Cyber Unit May Take Point Monitoring ICOs

The Co-Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian, gave a speech today tackling the topic of retail investor protection and cybersecurity. Both issues have always been important missions at the SEC but recent cyber intrusions at the Commission (and elsewhere, unfortunately) have brought… Read More

Ponzi Scheme: SEC Posts Final Judgement Against Bitcoin Mining Company Gaw Miners & ZenMiner

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed its final judgement against Homero Joshua Garza and his two Bitcoin mining companies GAW Miners and ZenMiner. Garza is liable for $9.182 million for restitution and pre-judgement interest of $742,774. This ends the litigation against Garza with his… Read More

Totally Bogus ICO Shut Down by SEC. RECoin Tokens Never Existed as SEC Claims Fraud.

The Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shut down an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that claimed to allow investors to participate in an offer backed by diamonds and real estate. The SEC has charged REcoin Group Foundation, DRC World, Diamond Reserve Club, and Maksim… Read More

Fraud: CFTC Charges Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme in Enforcement Action

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), charging the duo with fraud, misappropriation, and issuing… Read More

Final Judgement Document on Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud

Some times the wheels of justice move slowly. And sometimes the documentation associated with these wheels lag as well. File this one under recently discovered. The Securities and Exchange Commission released, this past June, the Agreed Final Judgement regarding the case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding… Read More

SEC Suspends Trading of CIAO Group in Advance of ICO

CIAO Group (formerly traded on the pink sheets under CIAU) has received a suspension notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  The enforcement division of the SEC stated; “The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of CIAU because of questions regarding the accuracy… Read More

Bitcoin Fraud: SEC Files Charges Against UK Citizen Who Allegedly Sold Securities in Bogus Businesses

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, a UK citizen living in New York. The SEC said the “clandestine founder” claimed to be the creator of a Bitcoin platform and a chain of co-working spaces located in former bars… Read More

Rich Uncles is Under SEC Scrutiny for Advertising the Sales of Securities

Rich Uncles, a real estate crowdfunding platform, is taking some heat from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a recent filing with the SEC, Rich Uncles is under investigation by the securities regulator. The investigation may result in significant legal expense too. According… Read More