Tag: ponzi scheme

SEC fraud
August 02, 2022 BY Steffy Bogdanova

SEC issues charges on 11 people in a $300 million crypto pyramid scheme

Furthermore, SEC alleges that cease-and-desist actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines in September 2020 and by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance in March 2021 did not stop Forsage from operating and the defendants continued to promote the scheme while denying the claims in several YouTube videos. Carolyn Welshhans, Acting…

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CFTC fraud
May 20, 2022 BY Steffy Bogdanova

CFTC files charges in a $44 million crypto fraud scheme

The charges the regulator brought against the defendants were for soliciting the funds for investing in digital assets and other instruments. The defendants were also charged with operating an illegal commodity pool. The scheme According to the CFTC’s complained the defendants used a website, YouTube videos, and other means to solicit the money. However, the…

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CFTC
September 17, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

CFTC brings forex fraud charges in a $426K Ponzi Scheme

The CFTC further alleges that Bryant made numerous false statements to potential and current pool participants about his trading experience, his success rate, and being registered with the National Futures Association. Bryant omitted to disclose that he was a convicted criminal with a history of financial problems, including three bankruptcies. The regulator explained that instead…

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Australia
June 09, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

Australian consumers lose $400,000 to smartphone app Ponzi scheme

An ACCC spokesperson stated: The ‘Hope Business’ app is a scam. Victims were encouraged to transfer funds in a Ponzi scheme. They were initially able to withdraw funds which encouraged them to recommend the application to family and friends, but they were subsequently unable to access their money. The same spokesperson then stressed that anyone…

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SEC penalty, fine
April 07, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

SEC obtains emergency asset freeze on a $690 million Ponzi Scheme

Horwitz and 1inMM allegedly promised investors more than 35% in returns and for years paid presumed returns on earlier investments with money from new investments. The SEC claims that Horwitz misappropriated investor funds for his personal use. He purchased a multi-million-dollar home, trips to Las Vegas, and to paid a celebrity interior designer. Michele Wein…

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CFTC
January 27, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

CFTC files charges New York man in a multi-million dollar Bitcoin and Ether Ponzi Scheme

He allegedly engaged in various efforts to conceal his misconduct – he misrepresenting his trading profitability and the amount of assets he had under management, misappropriated customer funds, and issuing false performance statements. The complaint stated that Spence eventually admitted to his customers that he had engaged in “lies and deceit.” Acting Director of Enforcement…

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January 12, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

Founder of $147 million GemCoin crypto Ponzi scheme sent to prison for 10 years

He claimed that USFIA extracted amber and other gemstones from non-existent mines it “owned” in the United States, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico. He ultimately managed to obtain $147 million from 72,000 victims spread globally. The Department of Justice described USFIA as a “multi-level marketing program” which compensated investors for recruiting other investors with…

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CFTC penalty
November 05, 2020 BY Steffy Bogdanova

The CFTC orders Venture Capital Investments to pay $900K in a digital asset and Forex Ponzi Scheme

The order stems from a complaint against VCI filed on 14 February 2020. The court established that the defendants fraudulently solicited over 72 clients to invest in commodity pools that purportedly trade in forex and digital assets, including bitcoin, only to then misappropriate the money. Further, the court uncovered that the defendants lured their clients…

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