Iran said to be officially moving into digital currencies with central bank

According to an article from Iran, summarized in CoinDesk, it seems that the Central Bank of Iran may have agreed to a policy of working with digital currency exchanges in Iran to provide the connective banking relationships to facilitate international transactions of the movement of digital currencies and money in and out of Iran. One […]

“There is no point to a lawsuit if it merely applies the law to lies” – SEC wins extreme remedy against digital currency exchange founder whose credibility is shot

The founder of a digital currency exchange lied so much to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) during its investigation and to a California Court, and made himself so not credible, that a Court has recommended one of the harshest remedies available – to deprive the defendant of the constitutional right to be heard – […]

Canadian who hid out in Canada for several years to avoid US prosecution, pleads guilty to securities fraud in New York

A Canadian, possibly Iranian Canadian, pled guilty in New York today to conspiracy and securities fraud in connection with a scheme where fake securities of tech companies, such as Twitter and Uber, were sold to investors who suffered losses of US$18 million. Fred Elm, whose real name is Frederic Elmaleh from Toronto, led an investment […]

Money laundering and securities fraud indictment unsealed against key promoter of OneCoin who raked in hundreds of millions of dollars selling fake coins

After two years, the Attorney General for the Southern District of New York has unsealed the indictment against Karl Sebastian Greenwood, a key promoter of the Bulgarian initial coin offering, and supposed digital currency called OneCoin. Greenwood was allegedly extradited to the US from Thailand in 2018. Indictment unsealed In the indictment, Greenwood is charged, […]

SEC files complaint against digital currency business co-founders, alleging they lied during investigation, provided fake business records and launched illegal ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) has filed a complaint against an initial coin offering (“ICO“) and digital currency exchange platform called Dropil Inc. and three of its co-founders, Jeremy McAlpine, Zachary Matar and Patrick O’Hara, alleging that they took funds from the public on the basis of numerous untrue statements made on social media […]

Arizona Court denies emergency motion by Bitcoin exchange CEO charged with money laundering and fraud, seeking Covid-19 release

Krypto king sought Covid-19 release The US District Court for the District Court of Arizona has denied a Covid-19 emergency motion by John Michael Caruso to reopen his detention hearing to be released from pretrial custody because of what he argued was a threat to his life in jail arising from the virus. Caruso was […]

Interpol issues warning that Bitcoin ransomware cyberattacks targeting hospitals could lead directly to deaths in covid-19

Interpol has released a warning that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, ransomware cybersecurity attacks against hospitals and other institutions and research departments, are expected to increase. The way ransomware attacks work is that hackers infiltrate and take exclusive control over computer systems, locking out the administrators, and promise to relinquish control of the computer systems on […]

Vancouver payment processor took US$147 million in proceeds of crime in Bitcoin, according to UK news site

According to an article published in the digital currency news website Cointelegraph, a Vancouver-based payment processor and digital currency exchange called CoinPayments, took in US$147 million in proceeds of crime. According to the article, the US$147 million was in Bitcoin and was proceeds from a fraudulent scheme run by a UK entity named Control-Finance Limited. […]

SEC files injunction against digital currency executives who allegedly obtained investments on the basis of false representations

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) filed a complaint in Texas on March 16, 2020, against Robert Dunlap, Nicole Bowdler, the girlfriend of Dunlap, and a former Washington State Senator, David Schmidt, in connection with a digital currency they launched called Meta 1 coin (the “MetaCoin“) which raised US$4 million from the public. […]

US unseals money laundering indictment against owner of Bitcoin mixing service that was used by Canadian darknet site

Indictment for mixing service On February 13, 2020, the US government unsealed an indictment against Larry Dean Harmon, the alleged founder of a Bitcoin mixing Bitcoin service, and of a darknet search engine that hooked up with the now-defunct illegal Canadian darknet site called AlphaBay. The mixing service was called Helix and the darknet search […]