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Five Cryptocurrency Exchanges Now Registered to Operate in Finland

Five virtual currency service providers (VASPS) have now been authorized by Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) to provide cryptocurrency services in the region. The five firms must also comply with EU anti-money laundering laws and will be subject to inspection. As well, in announcing the registered… Read More

“Destination Bitcoin” Operator Indicted in New Jersey for Unlicensed Money Transmission

William Green, 46, of Wall Township, New Jersey, has been indicted in the state  for allegedly, “operating an unlicensed money transmitting business through which he charged customers fees to convert more than $2 million in cash into the digital currency Bitcoin.” The indictment follows a criminal complaint… Read More

Massachusetts Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Florida Woman, 62, Participating in Multi-State Crypto Fraud Scheme

The Massachusetts Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth Enforcement Section is seeking orders to force a 62-year-old woman in Florida to cease perpetuating a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme operating in at least 6 American states. The agency is also asking that… Read More

LocalBitcoins Confirms Cessation of Cash Trades

LocalBitcoins, a popular service that connects buyers and sellers of bitcoins across the globe, has confirmed that it has dropped in-person cash trades for bitcoins from its list of available services. Funds moving in and out of bitcoins through LocalBitcoins will now have to pass… Read More

LocalBitcoins Suspends In-Person Cash Trades by US Customers

LocalBitcoins, a popular global bitcoin trading service that matches individual buyers and sellers, has removed in-person cash trades from its list of available payment options. The change appears to have been applied across the platform, though some Canadian sellers are still advertising a “cash in… Read More

LocalBitcoins Blocks Users in Iran

Peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading service LocalBitcoins has shut down trading among users in Iran, likely in order to comply with US sanctions, Coindesk reports. Iranian LocalBitcoins customers are still allowed to withdraw bitcoins but reportedly cannot conduct new trades or update previous ones. According to reporter… Read More

Prolific 22-Year-Old Unlicensed Bitcoins Dealer Sentenced to Two Years Imprisonment

Jacob Burrell Campos, 22, from Rosarito, Mexico, has been sentenced to two years in prison and will forfeit $823,357 “in illicit profits” after being convicted of running an unlicensed money transmission business, that, “…(sold) hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin to over 1,000 customers throughout… Read More

LocalBitcoins Implements KYC/AML Customer Identification Procedures

LocalBitcoins, a global web-based service founded in Finland that allows sellers and buyers of Bitcoins to coordinate sales and meetings has announced that it will be requiring users to provide proper identification from now on. The announcement follows the implementation of new laws governing such… Read More

Florida Granted Right to Appeal Previously Dismissed Case Against LocalBitcoins Trader

The State of Florida has been granted the right to appeal Judge Theresa May Pooler’s dismissal of a case of alleged unlicensed money transmission brought against a LocalBitcoins trader called Michell Espinosa. In 2013, Espinosa became the focus of a sting operation for “operating an… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin Trade Service LocalBitcoins Hacked

Hackers may have created a fake LocalBitcoin forum page for the popular global peer-to-peer Bitcoins trading service LocalBitcoins, thereby conning “a number” of affected users out of disclosing the info needed to steal their digital coins. According to a report from LocalBitcoins on Reddit, the… Read More

Prosecuted LocalBitcoins Seller Arrested for Alleged Fraud in “Bitcointopia” Nevada Land Scheme

About eight months ago, a man facing jail for allegedly taking more cash than is legally allowed in a Bitcoin transaction began heavily promoting a “Bitcointopia” project he’d conceived to develop in Nevada. Morgan Rockcoons, (also known as Nodefather, Morgan Rockwell, and Metaballo) posted relentless… Read More

San Diego LocalBitcoins Dealer Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering, Forfeits “Ill-Gotten Gains”

Jacob Burrell Campos, 21, plead guilty in San Diego yesterday to operating an unlicensed money business and agreed to forfeit $823,357.00, according to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office-Southern District of California. Mr Campos admitted he traded hundreds of thousands of dollars of… Read More

Darknet Drug Market Admin “Oxymonster” Sentenced to 20 Years, Forfeits $700 000 in Crypto

Gal Vallerius, a dual French-Israeli citizen from the Brittany region of France, was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to, “conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money,” court documents indicate. Mr Vallerius,… Read More

Zimbabwe Finance Minister May Push Central Bank to Establish National Cryptocurrency

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Zimbabwe’s new Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, has urged central bankers in his inflation-plagued country to reconsider their cautious stance against cryptocurrencies, and says he may push the establishment of a national cryptocurrency for Zimbabwe, ITWebAfrica reports. The country should also should be more forward looking,… Read More

Another LocalBitcoins Seller Jailed in the US

A LocalBitcoins seller in Arizona has been sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment (with credit for time served) after being convicted by a jury of trading bitcoins for drug money. According to a release from the Arizona District Attorney’s Office, federal agents began investigating Thomas Mario… Read More

LA Local Bitcoins Seller “Bitcoin Maven” Sentenced to One Year in Prison

A Los Angeles LocalBitcoins seller who plead guilty to running an unregistered money transmission business and laundering drug money for bitcoins has been sentenced to a- year-plus-one-day’s imprisonment. In addition to completing three years’ probation and paying a fine of $20 000, former stockbroker and real… Read More

Indian Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Banks Doing Business with Crypto Exchanges

It just got a lot harder to buy cryptocurrencies in India. Close to the end of a three-month grace period granted to banks and customers affected by a ban on transfering money onto and off of cryptocurrency trading platforms, the Supreme Court of India has… Read More

Sentencing of Los Angeles LocalBitcoins Seller Delayed

A LocalBitcoins seller, known as “Bitcoin Maven,” who plead guilty to running an unregistered money transmission business and laundering drug money for Bitcoin, had her sentencing postponed yesterday at a federal court in LA. As part of a pre-indictment plea agreement, Theresa Tetley, 50, pleaded… Read More

P2P Bitcoin Exchange Aims to Launch in 70 Countries: Coinffeine’s Objective Seeks to Provide Alternative to LocalBitcoins

Coinffeine,  an open source, peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange platform, enables users  to buy and sell bitcoins securely and anonymously without having to rely on a centralized exchange like MtGox or Bitstamp. It’s like BitTorrent for  bitcoins.  Coinffeine’s beta P2P exchange, hopes to offer the same local buying service… Read More

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