FINRA Fines Ex-Merrill Lynch Investment Adviser Over Crypto Mining Sideline

U.S. self-regulatory organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), has fined and suspended an investment adviser over undeclared cryptocurrency mining activities. According to a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent published by FINRA on June 10, Kyung Soo Kim had been working at Merrill Lynch and was registered with the watchdog as a general securities representative through the firm…

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Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in Iran

Traders from Iran have been banned from using the peer-to-peer trading platform Localbitcoins.com within the country. The Iranian section of the website displays a short message that states that the exchange is “currently not available.” The news follows significant Iranian rial trade volume on the Localbitcoins platform, which has been climbing steadily over the last…

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US Prosecutors Charge 2 Foreign Nationals Over Bitcoin Investment Scam

Two Nigerian nationals have been indicted by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly running a fraudulent bitcoin investment scheme. The Oregon District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that the defendants, Onwuemerie Ogor Gift and Kelvin Usifoh, are charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. From December 2017…

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US Lawyers: Crypto Regulations Are ‘Tough Waters to Navigate’

In a recent interview, Matt Kohen and Justin Wales, two senior counsels working for Carlton Fields’ virtual currency and distributed ledger technology group, highlighted the challenges that legal practitioners and regulators face in interpreting United States regulations pertaining to cryptocurrency. Also Read: Quadrigacx Saga: Founder’s Widow Owns $5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten’s Death Cryptocurrency Lawyers Emphasize…

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Venezuela Files Complaint With WTO Regarding US Sanctions Targeting Petro

Regulation On Jan. 8, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published a dispute settlement request that was filed by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with regards to executive orders and sanctions maintained by the United States that target Venezuela and the nation’s cryptocurrency, the petro. The document was filed with the WTO on Dec. 28. Also…

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Linkedin Names ‘Blockchain Developer’ Top Emerging US Job of 2018

Economy & Regulation Linkedin has published its 2018 “Emerging Jobs Report” for the United States, in which it names “Blockchain Developer” as the most rapidly emerging employment position of the past year. According to the report, the position saw growth of 33x on Linkedin’s platform during 2018. Also Read: Pantera Capital Braces for SEC Action Against…

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International Cooperation ‘Critical’ to SEC Action Against ICOs

Regulation Steven Peikin, co-director of the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recently described international cooperation as playing a critical role in facilitating investigations in the initial coin offering (ICO) sector. Also Read: Chinese Miners Short BTC Markets to Hedge Against Falling Prices  ‘Daunting Task’ of Identifying Misconduct Speaking at Harvard Law…

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Judge Orders Trading Firm, CEO to Pay $2.5 Million in Bitcoin Ponzi Case

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has won a legal battle against a New York resident and his company for running a Ponzi scheme centered around bitcoin. Between 2014 and early 2016, Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI) and its CEO Nicholas Gelfman ran a scheme wherein they successfully solicited $600,000 from 80 customers, claiming that customers would earn…

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