Australia crushes on Fraudulent and Deceptive ICO

Australia’s financial regulator is repressing on misleading initial coin offerings (ICOs), referring on “a serious breach of the Australian law”
03 May 2018   757316

In the result of the regulator’s requests, some issuers have stopped their token sales or are updating their structures. On Tuesday the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) declared  that it is taking measures “on misleading or deceptive conduct in the marketing and selling of digital or virtual tokens via initial coin offerings (ICOs).” ASIC is an independent Australian governmental structure that conducts as the country’s corporate regulator.

ASIC is issuing inquiries to ICO issuers and their advisers where we identify conduct or statements that may be misleading or deceptive. This is in addition to our inquiries where we identify potentially unlicensed conduct. As a result of our inquiries, some issuers have halted their ICOs or have indicated the ICO structure will be modified.
ASIC
(The Australian Securities and Investments Commission)

ASIC has also refreshed its information sheet on ICOs and cryptocurrency which defines “misleading or deceptive conduct.”

If you are acting with someone else’s money, or selling something to someone, you have obligations. Regardless of the structure of the ICO, there is one law that will always apply: you cannot make misleading or deceptive statements about the product. This is going to be a key focus for us as this sector develops. 
John Price, 
Commissioner, ASIC

The Commission presented 4 examples of what this conduct may entail. “The use of social media to generate the appearance of a greater level of public interest in an ICO” is the 1 on the list, then “undertaking or arranging for a group to engage in trading strategies to generate the appearance of a greater level of buying and selling activity for an ICO or a crypto-asset.” Also, “failing to disclose adequate information about the ICO” and “suggesting that the ICO is a regulated product or the regulator has approved the ICO if that is not the case” are banned as well.

TON Launch to be Postponed to 30.04.2020

Investors, that are not happy with this fact, may receive 77% of their investments
17 October 2019   144

Telegram is ready to postpone the launch of the Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain platform and suspend all operations with the Gram digital currency. At the same time, the company intends to challenge the lawsuit of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The lawyers of Telegram notified the court of the Southern District of New York.

We had intended to launch the TON network in late October. However, the recent SEC lawsuit has made that timing unachievable. We disagree with the SEC’s legal position and intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit. We are proposing to extend the deadline date in order to provide additional time to resolve the SEC’s lawsuit and work with other governmental authorities in advance of the launch of the TON network.
 

TON Team

At the same time, CoinDesk reports that the project investors received a letter with information about the proposed transfer of the TON launch from late October to April 30 next year.

At the same time, the company must approve the decision on the transfer with investors. Each of the groups of investors who bought Gram tokens during two rounds of ICO will have to approve it separately.

Investors of the second round are invited to fill out the appropriate form before October 23. If the majority refuses to sign, they will be returned “about 77%” of the investment. It is reported that investors of the first round received a separate letter.

In the event that the majority still approves the launch transfer, Telegram plans to send another $ 80 million for the development of TON.