Tagged: initial coin offering

AriseCoin Founder Pleads Guilty in $4 Million Crypto Fraud Case

Jared Rice Sr, creator of “AriseBank” and the associated cryptocurrency/token “AriseCoin,” has pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud in Texas, Dallas News reports. The plea reportedly involved Rice admitting that he lied to investors when he raised money for his project. These lies… Read More

Spanish CryptoMining Company to Return $68 Million Raised in ICO, Distances Self from “Loser” Token

CryptoSolarTech, a Spanish cryptocurrency mining company that raised $68 million USD (60 million euros) in an ICO fundraise last spring has sent a letter to investors announcing that the company will cease operations and return the money collected in the ICO, Cointelegraph reports. A copy… Read More

Gladius Self Reports ICO to SEC – No Fine Imposed

Gladius Network, LLC, a company that raised $12.7 million dollars via ICO (initial coin offering) in late 2017 to, “develop a network for renting spare computer bandwidth to defend against cyber attacks and enhance delivery speed,” has settled with the SEC after self-reporting its unregistered… Read More

Shake Up in “Laxly-Controlled” German ICO Sector as Securities Regulator Halts “Rise” ICO

Rise, a German company marketing a forthcoming initial coin offering (ICO) with a campaign featuring a “democratize prosperity” slogan and a video of a homeless man driving a Lamborghini, has had its “virtual IPO” (ICO) scuttled by Germany’s Federal Supervisory Authority (Bafin), Handelsblatt reports. The… Read More

Court’s Reconsideration of Blockvest ICO Related Injunction Just Confirms What Securities Attorneys Knew All Along

There has been a good amount of discussion regarding the decision by Judge Gonzalo Curiel, of the US District Court for the Southern District of California, to grant the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) bid for a preliminary injunction against crypto company Blockvest LLC. Initially, the Court… Read More

Previously Denied, Securities and Exchange Commission Granted Injunction Against Blockvest and Acts of Alleged ICO Fraud

In a valentine’s day reprieve, the Securities and Exchange Commission was granted a preliminary injunction against Blockvest LLC and its founder, Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III, pertaining to allegations of fraud connected with an initial coin offering (ICO). The judge overseeing the proceedings reconsidered the court’s previous order… Read More

Breaking Down Kik’s Fight Against the SEC and their $100 Million ICO

Kik Interactive Inc. (“Kik”), a company based in Canada, raised close to $100 million selling Kin tokens during the initial coin offering (ICO) boom of 2017, making it one of the most successful ICOs. It first sold tokens to accredited investors through a SAFT (Simple… Read More

Coinpulse Crypto Exchange Shutting Down Next Week “Until Further Notice”

Coinpulse, a “community-based” cryptocurrency exchange launched at the end of June 2018, has published an “urgent notice” advising all users to withdraw their tokens by February 7th, 2019, when the exchange will be closed for “maintenance until further notice.” The January 31, 2019, notice states… Read More

Report: Kik Plans to Battle Expected SEC Enforcement Action Regarding $100 Million ICO

In a report this past weekend, Kik – a Canada based company, indicated its intent to battle an anticipated enforcement action by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to WSJ.com, Kik is willing to go to the mat with the Commission in the… Read More

Israeli Serial “Blockchain Entrepreneur” Moshe Hogeg Sued Again for Alleged Misuse of ICO Funds

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Moshe Hogeg, a high-profile Israeli crypto startup founder (Invest.com, Stox, Sirin Labs) previously sued by Invest.com investors, is now being sued by a Chinese cryptocurrency investor who claims Hogeg has been misusing funds he raised in an initial coin offering (ICO) for the creation of… Read More

Report: Wefunder Raises $1.7 Million in Series A Funding from Germany based Investor

Last week, it was picked up by Crunchbase that Wefunder, a Reg CF crowdfunding portal, has closed on a $1.7 million Series A funding round. Depending exactly how you measure it, Wefunder is a top portal providing access to capital for mainly smaller firms. Wefunder… Read More

SEC Fined and Sanctioned Crypto Project Paragon Pumps 6800% on Russian Exchange

A Happy New Year, indeed. Paragon Coin (PRG), the crypto token of a “cannabis on blockchain” project sanctioned in November by the SEC, pumped 6800% overnight on New Year’s Eve on the Russian crypto exchange Yobit. When PRG holders woke up in the new year,… Read More

Silver-Miller Strikes Again With Another Alleged Crypto Fraud Lawsuit

Florida law firm Silver Miller is making quite a name for itself as it files yet another class action lawsuit against a crypto Ponzi scheme called “Coin Signals” allegedly pervaded by Jeremy Spence of New York, Jaime Cruz-Herrera of New Jersey and associates. According to a… Read More

More Layoffs at an Ethereum Start Up: Didn’t See Bear Market Coming

An Ethereum-inspired browser startup called Status is cutting 25% of its staff (about 25 employees) in an attempts to weather the particularly bad “crypto-winter” it failed to anticipate: “This happened because we budgeted based on an assumption of a higher floor in the event of… Read More

Court: Cryptocurrency Sent to Wrong Address Must Be Returned

The world of cryptocurrencies has often been compared to the Wild West or some other “every man for himself” situation. Users are repeatedly admonished to protect their “private keys” (passwords, essentially) and maintain custody of them whenever possible. “No keys, no crypto” is a popular… Read More

“Green” Crypto Mining Venture, Envion, Shut Down by Swiss Judge

A purported environmentally-friendly project for the mining of cryptocurrencies in Switzerland has been dissolved by a Swiss court as a result of bitter infighting by founders, Michael Luckow and Matthias Woestmann, Swiss news outlet Handelsblatt reports. A reported 30 000 investors may now have a… Read More

AriseBank CEO Indicted in Texas for Cryptocurrency Fraud, Faces Possible Prison Sentence

Jared Rice Sr, the man behind AriseBank and the associated cryptocurrency/token, AriseCoin, has been indicted in the Northern District of Texas and, if convicted, faces a possible prison sentence of 120 years. Rice Sr was arrested by the FBI Wednesday and is charged with 3… Read More

Lawsuit Reveals Questionable Progeny of Major Israeli Crypto Figure and Associated Companies

  A lawsuit involving a prominent figure in the “thriving” Israeli crypto sector, Moshe Hogeg, has revealed that one of the country’s most famous crypto companies, Invest.com, was formed in part from from a failed Israeli binary options firm sanctioned internationally for fraud, Times of Israel reports. On… Read More

France to Change the Tax Regime for Cryptoasset Gains

While the price of bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies is experiencing one of its frequents crashes, the French government and the French regulators are steadfastly working hand in hand to make France a cryptoasset-friendly country. After tackling the issue of initial coin offering (ICO) regulation and… Read More

Following Settlement with the SEC, Paragon Claims it is “Making History” Calls SEC Enforcement Action a Positive Agreement

Cannabis focused blockchain startup Paragon (Paragon Coin) has issued a press release following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) announcement last week that Paragon had settled with the SEC regarding charges of issuing an unregistered security. Paragon was one of two ICOs that were deemed… Read More

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