Tagged: enforcement

ShipChain to Settle with the SEC Following $27.5 Million ICO of SHIP Tokens

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accepted an offer to settle from ShipChain, a company that apparently raised $27.5 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) for SHIP tokens. The SEC states that ShipChain is a private company that was engaged in developing a… Read More

Tough Week: SEC Charges Robinhood with Misleading Customers, Settles with $65 Million Penalty

The same week that Robinhood took a broadside hit by the state of Massachusetts securities regulator, the digital investment platform has now been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with misleading customers on how it generates revenue. Robinhood strategically settled the charges with… Read More

Massachusetts Securities Regulator Expected to File Complaint Against Robinhood – Report

Robinhood, a digital investment platform that has encouraged a new generation of investors to enter the markets, is a target of an administrative complaint by the State of Massachusetts, according to the WSJ.com According to the report, Massachusetts Securities Division said that “Robinhood failed to… Read More

Promoter of AirBit Club Digital Asset Trading Program Charged for Acting as an Unregistered Broker by SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Karina Chairez, said to be a promoter of the AirBit Club investment scheme that targeted Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities, for acting as an unregistered broker. The SEC notes that it previously brought similar charges against two other… Read More

SEC Charges Amir Bruno Elmaani, aka Bruno Block, for Unregistered ICO in Sale of Pearl Tokens

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Amir Bruno Elmaani, aka “Bruno Block,” for conducting an illegal securities offering in an initial coin offering (ICO) and for a plan to profit by issuing millions of unauthorized tokens for himself at no cost and selling… Read More

CFTC: Court Orders Crypto Scam to Pay $900K + Restitution and Penalty

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reporting that the US District Court for the District of Colorado has entered a judgment against defendants Venture Capital Investments LLC (VCI) and its principal and manager Breonna Clark d/b/a Eliot Clark d/b/a Alexander Pak (Clark), of Denver,… Read More

SEC Division of Enforcement Publishes Annual Report: 715 Enforcement Actions in Fiscal 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Enforcement, has published its annual report for the 2020 fiscal year. According to the report, the Commission brought 715 enforcement actions of which 405 were “standalone” actions. The Commission also obtained more than 475 bars or suspensions… Read More

Where Did Kik Go Wrong? Former SEC Attorney Discusses Kik Settlement with SEC

    Recently, Kik settled a long legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In the end, Kik must pay a $5 million settlement pertaining to an initial coin offering (ICO) that was deemed to be an unregistered security offering. Additionally, for the… Read More

SEC Versus Kik Interactive to End in $5 Million Penalty

That's All Folks The End Final

The long saga of Kik Interactive’s battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission appears to finally be at an end. A document filed in US District Court today indicates that both sides have come to an agreement on a settlement with a $5 million penalty…. Read More

FinCEN Targets Bitcoin Mixer with $60 Million Penalty Pertaining to Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has targeted Larry Dean Harmon, of Akron, Ohio, the founder of Helix and Coin Ninja in a first enforcement action targeting a crypto mixer. In a release, FinCEN said Harmon and his operations were assessed a $60 million civil… Read More

Attorney Prominent in the Crowdfunding Sector is Target of SEC Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a litigation release today alleging charges of microcap fraud that involved an attorney prominent in the US crowdfunding sector. According to the SEC complaint, Jillian Sidoti, affiliated with the law firm known as CrowdfundingLawyers.net, facilitated alleged fraudulent dumping… Read More

Top Crypto Exchange OKEx Under Investigation by Chinese Authorities – Report

OKEx, a top 20 crypto exchange, is under investigation by Chinese authorities according to a report. OKEx provides both spot and crypto derivatives trading. It has been widely reported that the price of Bitcoin tanked as word leaked out and OKEx suspended all withdrawals. The… Read More

tZERO Chief Legal Officer on Crypto Enforcement Actions: “Cowboy innovation is worse than no innovation at all”

Last week, the US Department of Justice published a white paper, crafted by the Cyber-Digital Task Force, that outlines its approach to enforcement when it comes to digital assets (or cryptoassets). US Attorney General William Barr issued the following statement on the framework: “Cryptocurrency is… Read More

CFTC Action Will Have Big Impact on Crypto Exchanges: Attorney Warns Crypto Exchanges that Regulator is Not Afraid to Pursue Big Market Participants

Last week, BitMEX (Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange), a top crypto/crypto-derivatives exchange that is operated by HDR Global Trading Limited, a Republic of Seychelles incorporated entity, was hit with a civil enforcement action emanating from the Commodity Futures Trading Future Commission (CFTC). Simultaneously, a criminal lawsuit by… Read More

CFTC: Consent Order Seeks $7.4 Million Restitution from Pennsylvania Man Regarding Non Purchase of Bitcoin for Several Investors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a consent order against Jon Barry Thompson of Easton, Pennsylvania, imposing injunctive relief and restitution of approximately $7.4 million. In a parallel action, the… Read More

Former SEC Senior Counsel Comments on Kik Ruling: Kik Could Have Benefited From Traditional Capital Markets Lawyer

This past week, Kik, a company that raised over $100 million in an initial coin offering (ICO), lost a long legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The courts determined that Kik had raised capital in an unregistered securities offering thus transgressing securities… Read More

BitMEX Hit by CFTC Enforcement Action for Illegal Crypto Derivatives Trading, AML Violations; Criminal Action Unsealed Simultaneously

BitMEX, a top cryptocurrency exchange that is big in the crypto derivatives sector, is the target of an enforcement action filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to the CFTC, a civil enforcement action has been filed in the U.S. District Court for… Read More

Kik Loses ICO Battle with the SEC

Kik, a company that raised around $100 million in an initial coin offering (ICO), has lost a battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission as it fought a claim the offering was in fact an unregistered security. In a court filing yesterday, Judge Alvin K…. Read More

SEC Charges Florida Man for Digital Asset Fraud that Allegedly Pilfered $6.8 Million from Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced charges against a Florida individual who allegedly defrauded investors in a digital asset trading scheme, according to a court filing. The SEC alleges that Thomas J. Gity, said to be a convicted felon with no professional financial… Read More

Unikrn Tokens are “Retired” as Company Settles with SEC Regarding Initial Coin Offering

Unikrn, a token issuer that attempted to remain compliant while issuing digital assets, has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding allegations of an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO) of digital securities. Unikrn is an eSports and gaming platform launched in 2014. According… Read More

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