Alleged UK Crypyo Scammer Extradited to US

Renwick Haddow is accused of misappropriating more than $36M from Bitcoin Store and Bar Works
16 April 2018   392

On Friday, the FBI reported that the 49-year-old British Renwick Haddow was extradited from Morocco to the US to appear before the federal district court of the Southern District of New York. He is accused of misappropriating more than $36M from Bitcoin Store and Bar Works investors. This is reported by Bitcoin. com.

Haddow was arrested in Morocco in July 2017, after the SEC put forward a charge of fraud against him. He used sales representatives to make cold calls to potential investors and sell securities of two companies under his management. At that time, Haddow had a dark past behind him.

According to the suit of the SEC, in the promotional materials shown to investors of both companies, in addition to other false facts, it was told about top managers who did not actually exist. Attracted with the help of the Bitcoin Store and Bar Works, Haddow ferried to Morocco and Mauritius.

In the Bitcoin Store promotional materials, investors were informed that this is an "easy-to-use and safe way to store and trade bitcoins," and that the company's gross sales amount to several million dollars. Nevertheless, the SEC claims that Bitcoin Store, firstly, did not perform any operations at all, and secondly, it has no declared gross sales volume. For example, in 2015, Bitcoin Store bank accounts accounted for less than $ 250,000 through inbound transactions, and none of these dollars appear to have come from customers. Haddow took the pseudonym "Jonathan Black" to hide his involvement in the case, and also lied about the great experience in the financial sphere.

As alleged in our complaint, Haddow created two trendy companies and misled investors into believing that highly-qualified executives were leading them to quick profitability.  In reality, Haddow controlled the companies from behind the scenes and they were far from profitable.
 

Andrew M. Calamari

Director, SEC’s New York Regional Office

Haddow is accused of two phone fraud cases. For each of the charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Ethereum Scaling Solution Raiden to Launch Last Testnet

As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second
20 July 2018   137

On Thursday, July 19, at the Dappcon developer conference in Berlin, the last test network of Raiden for the Ethereum blockchain was launched, CoinDesk reports.

The release includes a minimal implementation of the scaling solution, which will allow the transfer of Ethereum tokens outside of the main blockchain. This is the last test phase before the introduction of technology into the core network of Ethereum.

It's the first step towards going to the mainnet. We really want people to really test this so we have a user interface, we have an API and we've created an open Github for everything they could find, so if we go hopefully bug-free on the mainnet.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

According to him, the new release represents an early implementation for the core network and contains a new rewritten code of smart contracts and payment channels that can be restored in case of unintended closure.

Also, Karapetsas urged developers to join the test network to help detect possible bugs, adding that a bounty program will be launched to encourage this activity.

The release date for the main network has not yet been assigned, but the developers intend to follow this earlier promise and launch Raiden this summer.

Karapetsas also promised to publish regular updates and code optimizations after the full release, adding that Raiden will complement other Ethereum scaling solutions that are currently being developed.

Raiden is essentially the payment channel network for ethereum, it's supposed to help us scale token transfers. The long term goal would be to have people use Raiden from a mobile device and be able to make off-chain token transfers just from their phone. That would be the long term vision, it would probably work in combination with various scaling solutions, sharding, plasma, a sort of hybrid.
 

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

Raiden is developing from the 2015 and is written mostly on Python. The project is much like the Lightning Network. As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second.