Scam ICOs Founder to Go In Jail For 1.5 Years

Maxim Zaslavsky from New York aws found guilty in launching 2 fraudulent ICOs which raised $2.8M in total
19 November 2019   766

Brooklyn-based 39-year-old Maxim Zaslavsky, who was found guilty of fraud in organizing two ICOs, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. This was reported by the attorney of the Eastern District of New York.

Zaslavsky and his associates deliberately misled about 1,000 investors that the REcoin cryptocurrency they created was backed by real estate investments in developing countries. During the ICO, they managed to raise $ 2.8 million.

In August 2017, a Brooklyn entrepreneur launched a second cryptocurrency, calling it Diamond Reserve Coin, which was supposed to be provided with diamonds.

The total amount that victims invested in these fraudulent ICOs will be determined later.

In November 2018, Zaslavsky pleaded guilty and, according to his lawyer, was ready to return the money to investors, but his accounts were blocked.

Malaysia to Regulate ICO and IEO

Rules says tokens can be distributed via venture capitalists and financial institutions without selling shares and without debt instruments
16 January 2020   112

In Malaysia, the procedure for initial coin offerings (ICO) and initial exchange offerings (IEO) has been established. The Malaysia Securities and Exchange Commission (SC) provided relevant guidance for participants in the digital asset industry.

According to the regulator, projects can distribute their tokens through venture capitalists and financial institutions without selling shares and without using debt instruments. It was also established the maximum limit on the amount of funds raised through ICO, which will be 100 million Malaysian ringgit or about $ 24.5 million. No special requirements for investors are provided, that is, both institutional and retail investors will be able to participate in such campaigns.

After the completion of sales, the regulator will monitor the spending of collected funds.

Digital tokens offering can provide another alternative fundraising avenue for early-stage entrepreneurs. This initiative supports Malaysia’s Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV2030) by supporting the growth of SMEs and micro businesses which are targeted to contribute 50% to Malaysia’s GDP. It also aligned with SPV2030’s aspiration to create 30% high technology Malaysian companies.

 

Datuk Syed Zaid Albar

Chairman of the SC

In addition, the rules for the functioning of IEO platforms were established. Such platforms, if they operate in the country, must independently register with the agency. In addition, they must carry out the necessary checks to verify the integrity of the issuer, as well as understand the capabilities and characteristics of the token they offer.

New regulations are expected to be established in Malaysia in the second half of this year. At the first stage, SC intends to cooperate with IEO platforms on the issue of identifying satisfactory issuers.