North Dakota to Cease Russian ICO Scam

Union Bank Payment Coin copied elements of the Union Bank AG from Liechtenstein
21 November 2018   604

The North Dakota Department of Securities issued a decree to immediately terminate the illegal activities of the Russian ICO project, posing as Liechtenstein Union Bank AG to promote "unregistered and potentially fraudulent securities." This is reported by CoinDesk.

The statement by Commissioner Karen Tyler states that the Union Bank Payment Coin (UBPC) ICO project website “directly copied” elements of the Union Bank website, including style, graphic and textual design.

Declaring that it is releasing "the world's first security token secured by a licensed bank", and offering "stablecoin fully secured with a fiat currency, the Swiss franc", UBPC tried to mislead investors using an official statement issued by a regulated and licensed bank from Liechtenstein to issue own blockchain assets.

While the Union Bank website’s IP address is in Liechtenstein, UBPC is located in Russia and is registered to a private person, Tyler noted.

In October, the North Dakota Department of Securities issued a decree to terminate the activities of Crystal Token, Life Cross Coin and Advertiza Holdings, offering "unregistered and potentially fraudulent securities under the guise of ICO."

Gladius to Register Token as Security & Refund Investors

Startup self-reported in SEC on unregisted securities offering and cooperate with Commission, so it won't be fined
21 February 2019   145

Cryptocurrency startup Gladius Network LLC has informed the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about the sale of unregistered securities. On February 20, the SEC filed relevant charges.

During the ICO, the Gladius project raised $ 12.7 million in cryptocurrency equivalent for the development of a network for leasing computing facilities to protect against cyber attacks. The SEC stressed that the startup did not register their tokens as securities, as required by federal law, and did not agree to exclude them from the rules in the legal manner.

Moreover, tokensale was held after the publication of the SEC report on the situation with The DAO, in which the regulator stated that ICO can offer securities.

The press release says that Gladius contacted the SEC in the summer of 2018 and expressed interest in cooperating with the investigation. Thus, the agency refused to levy a fine, because the startup voluntarily agreed to return the funds to investors who require it and register the token in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1934.