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April 20, 2018

The SEC announced additional fraud charges stemming from an investigation of Centra Tech Inc.’s $32 million initial coin offering. In an amended complaint filed today, the SEC charged one of Centra’s co-founders, Raymond Trapani, in a fraudulent scheme related to Centra’s 2017 ICO, in which the company issued “CTR Tokens” to investors. Earlier this month, the SEC and criminal authorities charged Centra’s two other co-founders, Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas, for their roles in the scheme. The SEC’s amended complaint alleges that Trapani was a mastermind of Centra’s fraudulent ICO, which Centra marketed with claims about nonexistent business relationships with major credit card companies, fictional executive bios, and misrepresentations about the viability of the company’s core financial services products. The amended complaint further alleges that Trapani and Sharma manipulated trading in the CTR Tokens to generate interest in the company and prop up the price of the tokens. SEC

April 6, 2018

The SEC has obtained a court order freezing more than $27 million in trading proceeds from allegedly illegal distributions and sales of restricted shares of Longfin Corp. stock involving the company, its CEO, and three other affiliated individuals. According to a complaint unsealed today in federal court in Manhattan, shortly after Longfin began trading on NASDAQ and announced the acquisition of a purported cryptocurrency business, its stock price rose dramatically and its market capitalization exceeded $3 billion. The SEC alleges that Dorababu Penumarthi, Suresh Tammineedi, and their co-conspirators then illegally sold large blocks of their restricted Longfin shares to the public while the stock price was highly elevated. Through their sales, Penumarthi, Tammineedi, and others collectively reaped more than $27 million in profits. SEC

April 2, 2018

The SEC charged Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas two co-founders of a purported financial services start-up with orchestrating a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) that raised more than $32 million from thousands of investors last year. Criminal authorities separately charged and arrested both defendants. The SEC's complaint alleges that Sharma and Farkas, co-founders of Centra Tech. Inc., masterminded a fraudulent ICO in which Centra offered and sold unregistered investments through a "CTR Token." Sharma and Farkas allegedly claimed that funds raised in the ICO would help build a suite of financial products. They claimed, for example, to offer a debit card backed by Visa and MasterCard that would allow users to instantly convert hard-to-spend cryptocurrencies into U.S. dollars or other legal tender.  In reality, the SEC alleges, Centra had no relationships with Visa or MasterCard. The SEC also alleges that to promote the ICO, Sharma and Farkas created fictional executives with impressive biographies, posted false or misleading marketing materials to Centra’s website, and paid celebrities to tout the ICO on social media. SEC

February 21, 2018

The SEC charged BitFunder and its founder Jon E. Montroll with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that exchange.  The SEC also charged the operator with making false and misleading statements in connection with an unregistered offering of securities. The SEC alleges that BitFunder and its Montroll operated BitFunder as an unregistered online securities exchange and defrauded exchange users by misappropriating their bitcoins and failing to disclose a cyberattack on BitFunder’s system that resulted in the theft of more than 6,000 bitcoins. The SEC also alleges that Montroll sold unregistered securities that purported to be investments in the exchange and misappropriated funds from that investment as well. SEC

February 16, 2018

The SEC announced the suspension  of trading in three companies due to similar statements made about the acquisition of cryptocurrency and block-chain technologhy assets. The three companies affected by the suspension are Cherubim Interests, Inc.PDX Partners, Inc., and Victura Construction Group, Inc. All three companies had made statements about acquiring AAA-rated assets in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology with one of the companies (Cherubim) announcing a financing commitment for an initial coin offering. The SEC determined there were questions as to the accuracy of the nature of the companies’ business and value of their assets as reported in press releases. SEC

SEC Launches “HowleyCoins.com” to Educate Investors on ICO Fraud

Posted  05/16/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team “If you’ve ever been tempted to buy into a hot investment opportunity linked with luxury travel, the Securities and Exchange Commission has a deal for you,” the agency announced in a press release today. But the referenced “HowleyCoin” offering is a sham. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) designed HowleyCoin.com as a creative means of educating investors about...

CTFC Brings Charges Over Fraud Involving Binary Options and “ATM Coin”

Posted  04/18/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Today, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced charges against two individuals and four entities for engaging in a fraudulent scheme involving binary options and a virtual currency called “ATM Coin.” The CFTC also alleges that the defendants improperly accepted customer funds without first registering with the CFTC. Earlier this week, the United States...

Fraudster of the Week -- BitFunder Founder Jon E. Montroll

Posted  02/23/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Jon E. Montroll and his former company, BitFunder, alleging violations of the anti-fraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws. In parallel criminal proceedings, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York charged Montroll with perjury and obstruction of...

January 30, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a court order halting an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) that targeted retail investors to fund what it claimed to be the world’s first “decentralized bank.” According to the SEC's complaint, filed in federal district court in Dallas on Jan. 25 and unsealed late yesterday, Dallas-based AriseBank used social media, a celebrity endorsement, and other wide dissemination tactics to raise what it claims to be $600 million of its $1 billion goal in just two months. AriseBank and its co-founders Jared Rice Sr. and Stanley Ford allegedly offered and sold unregistered investments in their purported "AriseCoin" cryptocurrency by depicting AriseBank as a first-of-its-kind decentralized bank offering a variety of consumer-facing banking products and services using more than 700 different virtual currencies.  AriseBank’s sales pitch claimed that it developed an algorithmic trading application that automatically trades in various cryptocurrencies. SEC

December 4, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced it obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a fast-moving Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fraud that raised up to $15 million from thousands of investors since August by falsely promising a 13-fold profit in less than a month. The SEC filed charges against a recidivist Quebec securities law violator, Dominic Lacroix, and his company, PlexCorps. The Commission's complaint, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, alleges that Lacroix and PlexCorps marketed and sold securities called PlexCoin on the internet to investors in the U.S. and elsewhere, claiming that investments in PlexCoin would yield a 1,354 percent profit in less than 29 days. The SEC also charged Lacroix's partner, Sabrina Paradis-Royer, in connection with the scheme. The charges are the first filed by the SEC's new Cyber Unit. SEC  The case was resolved in October, 2019.
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