DOJ and SEC lawsuit against US citizen on the status of token in the market

US citizen defies DOJ and SEC claiming that the tokens he created are currencies and not securities
20 March 2018   531

Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 19 filed documents against Maksim Zaslavskiy. The reason is the opposition to the claims of Mr. Zaslavskiy that tokens are considered as currencies and not securities. The matter concerns RECoin and Diamond token - those are tied to 2 ventures backed by real estate and diamond holdings respectively.

Now facing prosecution for securities fraud, the defendant claims that his 'investment opportunity' was no investment at all - it was just a sale of a currency backed by a commodity, first real estate (REcoin) and then diamonds (Diamond). The currency, according to the defendant, are the worthless certificates sent to investors that prompted some to ask for refunds.

 

U.S. government's lawyers

DOJ actually filed a lawsuit against Mr. Zaslavskiy on the matter of ICO fraud, and thus the US government suspects the defendant knew of the illegality of his actions. This incident follows a series of actions by US government to regulate the cryptocurrency sector of the US economy. This is especially notable in the light of a recent US Economy report that dedicated a whole chapter to the sector.

What is more, there is evidence that the defendant was, in fact, on notice that he was subject to the securities laws in sum and substance that the investor had nothing to worry about with respect to legal compliance. The SEC also contacted the defendant as early as August 15, 2017 requesting information about the REcoin ICO. The defendant wrote that he planned to hire an attorney, but instead proceeded with the Diamond ICO.

 

Excerpt from DOJ filing

Caspian to Launch Crypto Derivatives Trading

Caspian does not charge commissions for depositing and withdrawing funds and provides leverage up to 100x
21 March 2019   81

Caspian, an asset-oriented asset management platform, has launched cryptocurrency derivatives trading.

Thanks to integration with Deribit, Caspian customers gained access to trading in futures and options for Bitcoin and Ethereum. Also, the platform will provide the opportunity to trade indefinite bitcoin-swap.

According to Caspian, the platform does not charge commissions for depositing and withdrawing funds and provides leverage up to 100x.

We are excited to be working with Deribit to make the trading of crypto options and futures possible within the institutional community. Our goal at Caspian is to provide crypto traders and investors the same standard of tools and service that exist in the traditional markets and its great knowing that the team at Deribit is working towards the same high standards.
 

Robert Dykes

CEO, Caspian

Caspian noted that their platform connects to Deribit via an API that supports “large trading volumes with extremely low latency”. The platform also has full access to the book of orders of the crypto-derivative stock exchange.