SEC alleges trader used BTC to hide fraud profit

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges day trader from Philadelphia Joseph Willner in illegal taking over more than 100 brokerage accounts
01 November 2017   1062

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing a day trader from Phildelphia for alleged fraud, claiming he used bitcoin to hide their profits. This is reported by Coindesk.

On 30th of October, the Commission issued a suit against Joseph Willner. He is accused in illegal taking over more than 100 brokerage accounts and using the victims' funds to artificially inflate stock prices that he would then trade against advantageously.

According to SEC, Willner used an unnamed bitcoin exchange to hide the profits from illegal activities and convert funds from $ to BTC. After that, funds were transferred to another unnamed person.

To mask his payments to the other individual as part of a profit-sharing arrangement, Willner allegedly transferred proceeds of profitable trades to a digital currency company that converts U.S. dollars to Bitcoin and then transmitted the bitcoins as payment.

SEC press release

The Commission states that these two people made at least $700k in profit, using the account take-over scheme and investigation is still going.

Account takeovers are an increasingly significant threat to retail investors, and it is exactly the type of fraud our new Cyber Unit is focusing on.

Stephanie Avakian
Co-Director,  SEC’s Division of Enforcement

BTC Extortionists to Send Explosion Threats In US & CA

Police reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found
14 December 2018   79

In Canada and the United States, local businesses and residents received letters threatening to detonate a bomb if they did not send bitcoins to extortionists. Because of this, in some regions, law enforcement officers evacuated people from bus stations, schools and airports, reports Global News.

Extortionists threatened to blow up universities, schools, city halls and local businesses in the US states of Utah, Aidaxo, New York, Oklahoma and Illinois. The New York City Police Department urged residents not to panic or send bitcoins to criminals. Police also reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found.

In Canada, extortionists promised to blow up buildings and car dealerships in Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal. Some residents of the attackers asked for a ransom in bitcoins in the amount of $ 20 thousand. After verification, the Calgary police stated that the messages were part of phishing attacks and did not pose a threat to the public.