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AriseBank Founders to Pay $2.7 Million in Fines to Settle ICO...

A U.S. federal court has ordered the founders of crypto startup AriseBank to pay $2.7 million in fines for allegedly defrauding hundreds of investors. A United States federal court has ordered two executives from crypto firm AriseBank to pay nearly $2.7 million in fines, according to a U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement Dec. 12. The ruling follows an investigation by the SEC, which found that AriseBank was operating a fraudulent Initial Coin Offering (ICO). AriseBank CEO Jared Rice was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Nov. 28 on charges of defrauding hundreds of investors of over $4 million. Rice allegedly falsely claimed that the bank could offer customers “FDIC-insured accounts and traditional banking services, including Visa-brand credit and debit cards, in addition to cryptocurrency services.” Per today’s announcement, AriseBank founders Rice and then-COO Stanley Ford are held liable for $2,259,543 in disgorgement plus $68,423 in prejudg..

US SEC Fines Delaware-Based Digital Asset Fund and Issues Cease and...

The SEC has fined a digital assets fund for breaching securities law and issued a cease and desist order. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a cease and desist order against CoinAlpha Advisors LLC in addition to ordering a $50,000 penalty, according to a filing published Dec. 7. Delaware-registered CoinAlpha Advisors LLC was reportedly established in July 2017 to act as the managing member of and manager to fund CoinAlpha Falcon LP, which was formed in October 2017. By May 2018, the fund had allegedly raised over $600,000 from 22 investors from at least five states, which purchased limited partnership interests in the fund in exchange for a proportional share of any profits derived from the fund’s investment in digital assets. The file further reads: “In October 2018, after being contacted by the Commission staff concerning the issues herein, CoinAlpha unwound the Fund, pursuant to the authority granted in the Fund’s Limited Partnership Agreement.” A..

US SEC Charges, Fines EtherDelta Founder with Operating Unregistered Securities Exchange

U.S. securities watchdog charges Zachary Coburn, founder of crypto trading platform EtherDelta, with operating an unregistered exchange. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Zachary Coburn, the founder of crypto token trading platform EtherDelta, with operating an unregistered securities exchange, a press release by the SEC reveals Thursday, Nov. 8. EtherDelta, which served as a secondary marketplace for trading ERC20 tokens, allows its users to buy and sell digital assets by means of an order book and smart contracts based on the Ethereum blockchain. According to the SEC, over an 18-month operating period, EtherDelta's users placed more than 3.6 million orders for tokens, including ones that are considered securities by U.S. federal laws. The regulator notes that most of the orders were executed after the DAO report that SEC had released in June 2017. Under the current law, EtherDelta was obliged to register in U.S. or to apply for an exemption; however,..
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