Lawsuit targets ICO, promoted by Mayweather and DJ Khaled

Centra ICO, the startup, created to launch cryptocurrency deposit cards, is accused in offering and selling unregistered securities
18 December 2017   3409

Against the ICO project Centra a collective lawsuit of depositors was filed. The ICO is known to by promoted by famous boxer Floyd Mayweather and producer DJ Khaled. The project is accused of violating the US Securities Act, CoinDesk reports.

Defendants of the suit, which was filed on December 13, are Centra Tech, as well as Sohrab Sharma, Raymond Trapani, Robert Farkas and William Hagner. During the tokensale, they managed to raise $ 30 million to issue a crypto-currency debit card.

As the newspaper notes, the claim was filed a month after the project was abandoned by its two founders. In a post published on the Centra Tech blog on October 31, it says that Sohrab Sharma and Raymond Trapani left the project after the end of the tokensale.

...in connection with Centra Initial Coin Offering (the "Centra ICO"), Defendants raised over $30 million in digital cryptocurrencies by offering and selling unregistered securities in direct violation of the Securities Act.
 

Levi & Korsinsky Lawsuit

In addition, the organizers of Centra ICO are charged with misleading investors about the company's relationship with the payment services Visa and Mastercard, as well as in posting false information about its members on its website.

ICO Centra was actively promoted by boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled, but later they removed their messages on social networks. In this case, neither Mayweather nor DJ Khaled in the suit appear.

DJ Khaled Centra Promotion
DJ Khaled Centra Promotion
Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather Centra Promotion
 

In its last statement, Centra company denies all accusations in its address.

This lawsuit, which for the most part, appears to repeat unfounded claims regarding Centra Tech, alleges that Centra Tech’s initial coin offering of Centra Tokens was an unregistered sale of securities. The plaintiff’s complaint attempts to mimic claims and allegations the Securities and Exchange Commission has lodged against other cryptocurrency offerors. Centra Tech disputes the allegations in the complaint.
 

Centra ICO Statement

According to Coindesk team, a representative for Mayweather did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SEC to Unveil New List of Probable TON investors

One investor in this list is a ex-member of the managing board of the Bitcoin Foundation and partner of Ribbit Capital Mayer Malka
27 January 2020   478

Some names of large investors and the names of investment companies that could take part in the $ 1.7 billion token sale of the Telegram blockchain project became known, CoinDesk reportes with reference to documents issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the framework of the current proceedings.

One such investor is a former member of the managing board of the Bitcoin Foundation and partner of Ribbit Capital, Mayer Malka. He during the testimony at the beginning of the month mentioned Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Answering a question about whether Telegram is known for investors who can take on the role of validators in the TON PoS blockchain, Durov said:

We didn't put together a separate list of the purchasers who we would assume have experience in validating other networks, although it was obvious that certain investors… such as, for example, Micky Malka that we have discussed earlier, might… have experience in these processes of validation or at least were closely affiliated with parties that had experience in such processes.

 

Pavel Durov

Telegram CEO

In addition, Telegram Vice President Ilya Perekopsky, in one of his reports, named David Jan, the founder of ABBYY, a linguistic solutions development company, among potential investors. According to the correspondence published by the SEC, Ian asked Perekopsky if he could get an allocation in the ICO if he contacted Telegram directly without intermediaries in January 2018. “100 percent,” replied Perekopsky.

Also, TON investors could become the American funds Kleiner Perkins, Fortress, Draper Dragon, Dragoneer, DRW Holdings and Redpoint. This follows from the testimony declarations affixed by the SEC to the recent petition. In eight declarations, TON investors explain what prompted them to purchase Gram tokens. Company names have been removed from all documents, but they have remained in the file names. Sources familiar with the situation confirm that they really could take part in the ICO.

Most of the witnesses interviewed by the SEC indicated that they were interested in the possibility of supporting the Telegram project in the ICO TON, while the messenger itself does not accept funding for its main business. The announced investment amounts are on average $ 5-10 million. At the same time, Kleiner Perkins was initially offered an allocation of $ 15 million, but the company managed to agree on a twice as large investment, it follows from the submitted documents.