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SEC Court Order Follows Jay-Z Refusal to Cooperate

SEC Court Order Follows Jay-Z Refusal to Cooperate

Hip-hop star Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, has just received a subpoena to appear in court after he failed to testify in connection with the SEC’s probe into Iconix Brand Group’s accounting practices.
Iconix acquired intangible assets from Jay-Z’s clothing brand Rocawear in 2007,...

New Arrest in SEC Case Against Celebrity-backed ICO Centra Tech

New Arrest in SEC Case Against Celebrity-backed ICO Centra Tech

Celebrity endorsements add an element of trust for investors who are just entering the ICO market. But the strategy did not turn out well for Centra Tech, as a third arrest has just been made in connection with the SEC’s allegations that the company defrauded investors out of over $25...


SEC Subpoena? How Cryptocurrency Companies Should Prepare

SEC Subpoena? How Cryptocurrency Companies Should Prepare

The SEC is effectively expanding its jurisdiction into the cryptocurrency and ICO market. Dozens of companies, possibly hundreds, are receiving SEC subpoenas, which I advise them to take very seriously.
High profile companies, including giants like TechCrunch’s cryptofund, are...

Cryptocurrency and ICO Space Prepare for Increasing SEC Scrutiny

Cryptocurrency and ICO Space Prepare for Increasing SEC Scrutiny

The SEC has repeatedly warned cryptocurrency investors about the market’s vulnerability to large-scale fraud. Likewise, the agency has made it clear that cryptocurrency offerings that function as securities will be treated as such, and thus subjected to scrutiny. 
Since SEC...

SEC Suit Targets Fintech Startup Scam

SEC Suit Targets Fintech Startup Scam

The SEC has filed a complaint accusing Mozido's founder, Michael Liberty, and four of his associates of defrauding investors out of over $48 million. The mobile payments startup allegedly used funds from investor accounts to sustain its managers' luxurious lifestyles.  
The...

Brooklyn Prosecutors Say ICOs are Securities in Alleged Fraud Case

Brooklyn Prosecutors Say ICOs are Securities in Alleged Fraud Case

On March 19, 2018, federal prosecutors once again reinforced the notion that cryptocurrencies can be securities, as they upheld their certainty that ICOs offered by Maksim Zaslavskiy through his companies REcoin and Diamond Reserve Club, were in fact, securities, and thus, under the SEC’s...


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