CFTC Takes Action Against Crypto Options ‘Ponzi Scheme’

A purported cryptocurrency and foreign exchange investment firm is in hot water with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and stands accused of operating like a Ponzi scheme. In a press release on Wednesday, relating to a complaint filed Sept. 30., the CFTC said it’s charging Nevada-based Circle Society and its operator David Gilbert Saffron with […]

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SEC Charges Adult Entertainment Token Platform with 2017 ICO Fraud

The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission charged Jonathan Lucas, 27, the CEO of online adult entertainment marketplace, with running a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) scheme. According to the SEC’s lawsuit, the company claimed that investors could purchase its token and use them to request certain actions in a live adult performance on the platform. “Fantasy […]

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Crypto Sleuthing Firm Elliptic Raises $23 Million in Fundraise Led by SBI

Blockchain forensics firm Elliptic has raised $23 million in a Series B funding round led by Tokyo-based financial institution SBI Holdings. Announced Wednesday, the funding will help drive Elliptic’s Asia expansion, which includes a recently opened Singapore office and one in Japan that will open this week. Tomoyuki Nii, executive officer for overseas investment at […]

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Dark Web Drug Dealer to Forfeit Millions of Dollars in Illicit Crypto Earnings

A man has been sentenced in San Diego, California, for conspiring to sell drugs over dark web markets for cryptocurrencies. Thirty-nine-year-old Sky Justin Gornik had pleaded guilty to using a number of marketplaces such as Alpha Bay, Trade Route, Abraxas, Evolution, Outlaw Market, and Dream Market to deal in fentanyl, carfentanil, ketamine, oxycodone, amphetamine and other […]

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The Bulgarian Government Is Sitting on $3 Billion in Bitcoin

A crackdown on organized crime by Bulgarian law enforcement in May resulted in the seizure of more than 200,000 bitcoins – an amount worth more than $3 billion at today’s prices. According to a press release dated May 19 from the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), a regional organization comprised of 12 member states […]

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NiceHash CEO Confirms Bitcoin Theft Worth $78 Million

Cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash has confirmed that yesterday’s hack resulted in the loss of over 4,700 BTC, an amount worth more than $78 million at press-time prices. In a video update streamed live on Facebook, CEO and co-founder Marko Kobal provided an update to yesterday’s dramatic announcement that the company, founded in 2014, had incurred […]

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