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   645

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

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   271

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.