Bitcoin exchange owners charged by CFTC and US DoJ with various federal violations

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) today filed a civil enforcement action in the SDNY against the owners – operators of a digital currency exchange called BitMEX, for alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. BitMEX processed trillions of dollars in transactions, received over US$11 billion in Bitcoin and made more than US$1 billion in […]

Two foreign men from a digital currency exchange murdered in Mexico

Two more men involved in a digital currency exchange and a digital currency, were murdered in Mexico. Their bodies were recently found stuffed in suitcases in Sinaloa cartel land, according to this newspaper article. The two, Oscar Brito from Chile and Ignacio Ibarra from Argentina, were involved in selling and promoting the digital currency called […]

Alberta Securities Commission issues temporary halt trade order against Vancouver’s Softlab9; and warns against Bitcoin binary financial asset recovery scam

(1) Claim Central The Alberta Securities Commission (“ASC“) issued two notices today. The first was a warning about a company called “Claim Central” which purports to be an asset recovery agency claiming to be capable of recovering funds from the numerous binary financial scams that have targeted Canadians in the past. In order to activate […]

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 […]