Iran confirms supporting an ICO and several Blockchain projects

On Tuesday, Iranian officials spoke to the Iranian media and confirmed that a government organization – Iran Telecommunication Research Center – has 4 Blockchain projects in progress that have looked at using Blockchain for policy making, threat management and business use cases for Iran. Further, they announced that a project at Sharif University, funded by [...]

US identifies Canada as major money laundering country, and notes concern over its low prosecution rate

Canada once again a “Major Money Laundering” country The 2019 “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report” (INCSR) published on Friday by the U.S. Department of State identifies Canada once again as a “major money laundering country” along with a host of risky countries for financial crime. A “major money laundering country” is one whose banks and financial [...]

Vancouver ICO firm co-founders alleged to have defrauded investors of $30 million over EtherParty ICO

RCMP Investigation According to court filings in Canada, Kevin Hobbs and Lisa Chang, the two co-founders of ICO called EtherParty FUEL and an associated company, Vanbex, based in Vancouver, are allegedly under investigation by the Federal and Serious Organized Crime Division of the RCMP for, inter alia, fraud and are also under investigation by the Canada [...]

World’s first bi-national government issued digital currency launched in Middle East

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced yesterday in Abu Dhabi that they have created and launched a joint new bi-national digital currency. The name of the coin has not been released, not the type, not the amount issued, nor its price per coin. According to the governments of both nations, the new Saudi [...]

FinCEN issues money laundering advisory for Iran’s use of Bitcoin and digital currencies

FinCEN has issued an advisory for Iran that specifically is targeted for digital currency exchanges, banks and foreign banks so that the latter can understand their obligations under the correspondent banking system. The advisory is interesting because it is one of first instances of an attempt to provide guidance to foreign banks in respect of the [...]

ICOs & tokens increasingly attracting FBI criminal attention

According to this interview with FBI’s Financial Crimes Section Chief on CNBC, the FBI is seeing an increase in the number of complaints and cases opened involving digital currencies and crime. In particular, the FBI said that it is mostly ICOs and associated investment fraud schemes involving Bitcoin that are on the raise for investigations [...]

CEO of the exchange OKCoin allegedly stalked by several customers demanding back investments in digital currencies

According to Caixin, China’s most influential media company, the founder and CEO of  the Chinese digital currency exchange OKCoin, Mingxing Xu, 徐明星, was stalked and chased to a hotel in Shanghai by angry customers of his exchange. Later that day, he was taken to the Shanghai police station and detained overnight and part of the next [...]

International money laundering case allegedly involving the ICO Dragon Coin

According to the federal Thai police, as reported here in the Bangkok Post, the Dragon Coin (which is an ICO), was used for or was involved in it seems unwittingly, an international fraud and money laundering scheme. The Dragon Coin is an ICO allegedly launched with the involvement of a former Triad boss and money [...]

Canadian Court orders transfer of 420 Bitcoin held by ICO founder, during Court hearing

On Friday, a Québec Court ordered the founder of an illegal ICO, Dominic Lacroix, to transfer $3.7 million worth of Bitcoin during a Court hearing and threatened him with incarceration if he did not immediately do so. Lacroix created the Plexcoin ICO which is the subject of an enforcement action by the SEC. According to [...]