“Take the money and run, and blame someone else” – a digital currency exchange founder’s exit strategy

The brother A criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of New York by the FBI against Konstantin Ignatov, an executive who operated a digital currency exchange and launched an initial coin offering (“ICO“) called OneCoin, sheds some light on the sometimes murky world of digital currency exchange founders. The money The ICO and its […]

SEC obtains emergency order against Telegram’s ICO, which raised $1.7 billion from investors

Ex parte injunction The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) announced today that it filed an emergency application ex parte in US Federal District Court in Manhattan, and after a hearing, obtained a temporary order over the initial coin offering (“ICO“) launched by Telegram Group, Inc. (“Telegram“), the messaging application, which raised $1.7 billion from investors around […]

Eagle Scout who became a Bitcoin multi-millionaire by selling fentanyl-laced pills on Canadian darknet site, found guilty of super kingpin charges

Super kingpin fentanyl dealer Aaron Shamo, who was an Eagle Scout and a Mormon, was found guilty at the end of August in Utah of continuing a criminal enterprise on the darknet and selling fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. He is expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment under the “super kingpin” laws, similar to […]

Bitcoin rich kid who sold drugs on the darknet laced with fentanyl sentenced to 17 years in prison

A 22-year-old California man named Wyatt Pasek, was sentenced on August 26, 2019, to more than 17 years in prison in California for selling fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Pasek sold drugs on the darknet on a marketplace under the name “OxyGod”, and was paid with Bitcoin. The proceeds of crime […]

Blockchain companies in Vancouver, Canada caught up in securities fraud investigation

Two Canadian Blockchain companies based in Vancouver, BLOK Technologies Inc. (“Blok“) and Cryptobloc Technologies Corp. (“Cryptobloc“) have been caught up as part of the so-called Bridgemark scandal affecting Vancouver’s capital markets. The Bridgemark situation started in November 2018, when the Executive Director of the BC Securities Commission announced that he had issued an order against numerous […]

Ontario Securities Commission settles with Canadian ICO consultant, promoter and listing agent

The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC“) has entered into a settlement agreement with a Canadian company called CoinLaunch to settle claims that it engaged in the business of trading securities contrary to the Securities Act (Ontario) in respect of two ICOs. Articles about CoinLaunch stated that over $1,050,000,000 was generated on its ICO platforms (see below). […]

The Canadian: “[D]ude, we’re criminal drug dealers – what line shouldn’t we cross?” – Explaining the Silk Road Money Laundering Case

4th Anniversary of Silk Road founder’s Sentencing The end of May marked the 4th Anniversary of the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the now-defunct darknet marketplace website based in California, called Silk Road that operated on TOR, which brokered sales of illegal goods and services, including narcotics like heroin, […]