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Govt. Pauses SEC Suit Against $30 Mln ICO Amid Parallel Investigation Concerns

Prosecutors have paused a United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against the alleged operators of a $30 million fraudulent ICO amid concerns that proceedings may impact the integrity of a parallel investigation into the defendants. The United States attorney’s office for New Jersey intervened in the case on April 2. SEC suit paused…

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SEC Alleges Minority Communities Targeted By Bottled Water Scam

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former pastor and his wife for stealing $500,000 through a trio of fraudulent businesses, including a cryptocurrency offering purportedly backed by a bottled water business. According to a complaint filed on April 2, the pair also sold fake shares in their struggling water business, Teshuater,…

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SEC Charges 2 With Fraudulent Water-Backed Token Sale

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former Texas pastor and his wife for allegedly defrauding hundreds of investors through an alkaline water-backed cryptocurrency, TeshuaCoin. Larry Donnell and Shuwana Leonard were charged Friday with defrauding investors by allegedly stealing nearly $500,000 in the sale of bogus stock certificates and shilling an alkaline water-backed cryptocurrency…

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Judge Halts Telegram Token Issuance in Injunction Requested by SEC

A U.S. judge ordered messaging platform Telegram to refrain from issuing its gram cryptocurrency next month as planned, granting a request by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In a preliminary injunction dated March 24, U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel, of the Southern District of New York, said the SEC had demonstrated a plausible…

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Retail Demand May Force the SEC to Approve a Bitcoin ETF

Several investment firm executives have debated the likelihood of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) licensing a U.S.-based Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) during a CNBC broadcast on March 7. The discussion follows the SEC’s recent rejection of its last pending Bitcoin ETF application.  Wilshire Phoenix had first filed the application for its proposed…

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ICOBox Startup Fails to Acknowledge US SEC Action, Owes $16M

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, has ordered that ICO broker ICOBox must pay $16 million after the startup failed to act on previous legal action from the commission. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer of California sided with the SEC in a default judgement, after the alleged unregistered broker failed to respond to…

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United States SEC Wins $16M Case Again ICOBox

The ICOBox platform received a court decision in absentia, after failing to defend its side against the accusations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). ICOBox Investigated for Aggressive Token Promotion ICOBox was sentenced to repaying $16M for acting as an unregistered broker. The startup reportedly organized multiple token sales which were deemed to…

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SEC Proposes to Simplify ‘Complex and Confusing’ Exempt Offering Rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has voted to propose a set of rule changes to simply and improve the “patchwork” rules for exempt securities offerings. The proposed rule changes aim to improve the existing ‘complex and confusing’ framework to make it easier for companies to conduct offerings that still protect investors. In the…

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Hester Peirce’s Last Effort at SEC as Wilshire Phoenix BTC ETF Is Rejected

Securities and Exchange Commissioner (SEC) Commissioner Hester Peirce has published a dissenting statement in response to the Commission’s rejection of Wilshire Phoenix’s Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund application.  In her statement, Peirce slams the SEC for its biased treatment of Bitcoin-related products with the passion of a “Bitcoin maximalist.” Given that the commissioner’s term expires in…

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