Tagged: fraud

DOJ: Cryptocurrency Exchange Owner Sentenced to Prison for Money Laundering

The US Department of Justice has announced that Rossen G. Iossifov, 53, formerly of Bulgaria, has been sentenced to 121 months in prison for money laundering via RG Coins, a cryptocurrency exchange headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria. Under federal law, Iossifov must serve 85 percent of… Read More

Crypto Fund Virgil Capital LLC Charged by SEC for Fraud, SEC Obtains Emergency Asset Freeze

Virgil Capital LLC, directed by Stefan Qin, and its “flagship” cryptocurrency trading fund, Virgil Sigma Fund LP have been hit by fraud charges leveled by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Simultaneously, the SEC has obtained an emergency asset freeze related to the charges,… Read More

Bitgrail Operator Either Involved in Huge Crypto Theft or “Knowingly Failed to Prevent” – Report

A Blast from the Past. Bitgrail, a bankrupt crypto exchange that previously operated in Italy, has surfaced in the media once again. Back in 2018 news emerged of a significant crypto theft of around $150 million in Nano (XRB). At that time a post on… Read More

Wirecard Solutions South Africa Acquired by Adumo

The break up of the once high-flying Fintech Wirecard continues as the insolvency administrator has announced that Wirecard Solutions South Africa has been acquired by Adumo RF Pty Ltd,  subject to approval by the local regulatory authorities. Today’s announcement follows similar announcements of the various… Read More

UK’s FCA Issues Warnings about Loan Fee Fraud, Cryptoassets-related and Coroanvirus Scams, especially During Holidays

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued “Three Wise Warnings” for the nation’s consumers. The financial regulator has cautioned that customers should look out for loan fee fraud this Christmas or holiday season. The FCA notes that if you’ve been asked to pay some… Read More

Anti-Money Laundering Platform Salv Raises €1.5 Million to Expand AML Bridge Pilot to Various European Countries

    Salv, an Estonia-based anti-money laundering platform, recently announced it secured €1.5 million to expand the pilot program AML Bridge to other European countries. According to Salv,  the pilot comes in cooperation with four of Estonia’s largest banks – LHV, Luminor, SEB Estonia and… Read More

Wirecard: Collapse of Fintech Causes Deutsche Bank’s Accounting Lead to Step Aside, Former COO on Interpol’s Most Wanted List, Book is in the Works

Wirecard, the Fintech that deserves the award for the most spectacular fraud and ensuing collapse of 2020, continues to earn headlines for the financial disaster. It was recently reported that Deutsche Bank’s head of accounting was compelled to temporarily step aside due to his involvement… Read More

Court Orders Blockvest to Pay $696K Penalty for Unregistered Securities Offering in ICO

The United States District Court, Southern District of California, has filed a final judgment against Blockvest LLC and founder Reginald Buddy Ringgold. The order requires the defendants to pay a civil penalty of $332,370.99 along with a disgorgement of ill-gotten gains of $363,726.91 – including… 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

Refinitiv Completes Acquisition of GIACT

Refinitiv, a provider of financial markets data and infrastructure that has served more than 40,000 institutions in over 190 countries, announced on Wednesday it has completed its acquisition of Giact Systems, LLC (GIACT). Refinitiv recently revealed that the acquisition will boost its existing risk and… Read More

E-Commerce Fraud Prevention Solution Provider Forter Secures $125 Million via Series E Round at $1.3 Billion Valuation

Forter, an established e-commerce fraud prevention solution provider, has secured $125 million in capital through a Series E investment round. Forter’s latest round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Felix Capital and Itai Tsiddon. Sequoia Capital, NewView Capital, Scale Venture Partners, March Capital Partners and… Read More

Australia: Former Bitconnect Promoter John Bigatton Charged Following ASIC Investigation

Bitconnect, a legendary crypto scam that was exemplified by a viral video, has emerged once again as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has announced charges against Bitconnect promoter John Bigatton following a long investigation. From August 2017 to January 2018, Bigatton was said… Read More

Rapyd Unveils Cross Border Fraud Prevention Solution “Rapyd Protect” for All Payment Methods

    Rapyd, a global B2B Fintech as a Service provider, announced on Thursday it has launched Rapyd Protect, which is a fraud solution designed to protect businesses and consumers against fraud across countries and payment methods. According to Rapyd, Rapyd Protect is a fraud… 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

Nuapay Points to Security Risks and Vulnerabilities Regarding Payment Cards

Nuapay claims it has uncovered apparent vulnerabilities surrounding payment cards, leading to a risk of fraud and “mounting consumer distrust.” The conclusion is being driven by an open banking report recently published where the firm says that more than one in ten (12%) of the UK… Read More

Refinitiv Set to Add Fraud Prevention Capability Through Acquisition of GIACT

  Refinitiv, a provider of financial markets data and infrastructure that has served more than 40,000 institutions in over 190 countries, announced on Monday it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Giact Systems, LLC (GIACT). Refinitiv reported that the acquisition will boost its existing… Read More

U.S.-Based Fintech Provider Quavo Announces Fraud & Dispute AI for Financial Institutions

Quavo Inc., a U.S.-based fintech provider, announced on Thursday it has launched a fraud and dispute artificial intelligence (AI), called Auto Reasonable Investigation Agent (ARIA). The company claims that ARIA is the “first and only” SaaS platform AI and automation to conduct dispute investigations as… Read More

Cost of Fraud for Financial Services and Lending Firms Increased Significantly in the US and Canada: Report

LexisNexis Risk Solutions has published its latest research report, titled Risk Solutions 2020: True Cost of Fraud Study: Financial Services & Lending (for the US and Canadian financial services and lending sectors). The research report covers the different types of fraudulent activities in the lending… Read More

Between May 2019 and September 2020, Belgian Securities Regulator Estimates €10 Million Lost by Individuals Due to Bogus Trading Platforms Including Crypto

The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) estimate that from May 2019 to September 2020, around €10 million was lost by investors who were scammed by bogus trading platforms – including cryptocurrency offerings. Belgium is a country with a population of around 11 million… 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

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