SEC files complaint against BitConnect promoters in the US

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) filed a civil complaint against 5 American promoters of the Blockchain protocol known as BitConnect this week. Investors from around the world lost over US$2 billion with BitConnect. The SEC alleges that the defendants conducted an unregistered offering and sale of securities in connection with its native coin and […]

DeFi platform allegedly posts a note on its website confessing it scammed Bitcoin investors and there isn’t sh*t they can do about it

According to the Twitter account of a Bitcoin investor, the DeFi platform called DeFi100, that is listed on Binance, posted a notice on its website earlier today that it scammed its investors and that there was nothing the investors could do about it. “Ha ha. All you moon boys have been scammed. Fuck you moon […]

After a month, the hunt for fugitive Turkish foreign national who ran Bitcoin exchange that saw US$2B evaporate, may be over

The hunt for Faruk Fatih Özer’in, aka Özer, a Turkish foreign national, may be over. Özer ran a large digital currency exchange in Turkey called Thodex. He fled Turkey in April and US$2 billion of money from its customers is apparently missing, or inaccessible. In the CCTV footage below, he is seen arriving at the […]

银行对电信网络诈骗的反洗钱重点

China is reporting that in 2020, 64% of cybercrime involved financial fraud, including online illegal gambling, online illegal loans and illegal securities sold online on various platforms, such as WeChat and QQ. Many of the fraud cases involved Bitcoin and other digital currencies. In December 2020, the public security agency of China intercepted a transnational […]

Russian national who provided money laundering as a service, pleads guilty in US

A Russian national, Maksim Boiko, who was accused of operating a money laundering as a service (“MLaaS“) business, pleaded guilty in Pittsburg today, to one count of conspiracy to launder money. In this case, the MLaaS involved opening personal and company bank accounts to receive and then move money for criminals and opening Bitcoin accounts […]

FinCEN assesses US$60 million penalty against owner of Bitcoin mixer / tumbler service

US$60 million penalty On October 19, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“) assessed a US$60 million penalty (here) against Larry Dean Harmon, the owner of two Bitcoin mixing and anonymizing services called Helix and Coin Ninja LLC. FinCEN found that the two entities were operating as unregistered money services businesses (“MSB“) which exchanged currencies, […]

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

CFTC civil enforcement action 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 […]

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 […]