SEC shuts down Titanium's fraudulent ICO campaign

The US SEC obtained an emergency order halting fraudulent coin offering scheme of Titanium Blockchain Institute Services Inc. on May 29, 2018
30 May 2018   1994

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a court order to halt the activities of an fraudulent ICO that scammed the investors with a false advertising. According to the SEC press release, Titanium Blockchain Institute Services Inc. has raised $21 million from investors all over the world.

The complaint from the SEC that was unsealed yesterday, on May 29, implicates that TBIS and the company's president Michael Alan Stollery, also known as Michael Stollaire, the self-proclaimed “blockchain evangelist, lied about the company's business relationships not only with dozens of well-known firms but even with the Federal Reserve. Advertisements contained mentions of such firms as The Walt Disney Company, PayPal, Verizon and Boeing, to name the few. The ad campaign has taken media by storm with mentions of big names and promises of unrealistically large gains. Fabricated testimonials from corporate customers and Stollaire's public – and fraudulent – claims to have relationships with numerous corporate clients have been featured prominently on the Titanium's ICO website, social media and in their promotional videos.

“This ICO was based on a social media marketing blitz that allegedly deceived investors with purely fictional claims of business prospects. Having filed multiple cases involving allegedly fraudulent ICOs, we again encourage investors to be especially cautious when considering these as investments.”
Robert Cohen, the head of the SEC Enforcement Division's Cyber Unit said in the statement published on the SEC's official website.

The investigation into Titanium's violation of federal antifraud provisions is in full swing right now, with Stollaire's another company - EHI Internetwork and Systems Management Inc. - also being charged for similar violations. The investors will have to wait for the judicial system's final decision, but the SEC demands banning Stollaire from participating in digital securities offerings in the future and return of all allegedly “ill-gotten gains” plus interest and penalties.

Neo Foundation to Withdraw $11M From Cold Wallet

These funds will be used to finance its operations in currrent reporting year and $190M are stiill in the vault
26 March 2020   999

On March 25, the Neo Foundation announced the withdrawal of 1,660,865 NEO ($ 11 million) from the cold wallet to finance its activities in the current reporting year. About $ 190 million are still in reserves.

According to rules established in the Neo White Paper, the NEO tokens maintained by the Neo Foundation are mainly used to continuously support Neo's technological development, ecosystem growth, community expansion and the normal operations of the foundation and related organizations. 


Neo Foundation

According to the publication, 1,660,865 NEOs were transferred “from a blocked account to a current account”. As the information on the blockchain shows, these funds were directed to an address containing 14.6 million NEO or about $ 100 million. The project does not disclose who controls this address and what fate awaits the released tokens.

White paper Neo suggests that project costs in any given year should not exceed 15 million tokens. In the near future, a financial report for 2019 will be published.

At the time of publication, NEO is the 23rd largest asset on the market with a capitalization of $ 479 million. The price of one NEO is $ 6.79.