Texas intends to suspend the USI-Tech Limited

Bitcoin investment firm from Dubai is suspected in illegal promotion of bitcoin investment products
22 December 2017   1083

Texas' financial watchdog have obtained a court order to suspend the company, which is accused of illegal promotion of bitcoin investment products in the state, reports CoinDesk.

According to the report, the Securities Board of the State of Texas revealed that the USI-Tech Limited, based in Dubai, sells investment contracts on the territory of "dozens of Texas cities" through social networks, websites and advertising on various sites, including Craigslist. Also two representatives of the company in the US are named: Clifford Thomas from Maryland and Michael Rivera from California.

Judging by the presentation, USI specializes in the sale of software and equipment for mining and trading. The document also provides the stated statistics of how many potential investors will be able to earn on commissions depending on the number of "referrals".

According to the Texas regulator, the company promises a stable daily profit, reminiscent of high-yield investment plans. Also, the firm encourages potential investors to agitate to invest other people's money in order to profit from it.

The agents' websites claim the mining investment 'derives its value from [USI-Tech's] non-exclusive interest in a series of bitcoin mining contracts.' They promise a daily return of 1%. The USI-Tech website says its bitcoin platform “consistently provides returns of up to 150% per year." The returns do not depend on the value of bitcoin, according to the company. In addition to violating registration requirements, USI-Tech and the sales agents are violating State Securities Board rules by failing to disclose information investors would need to make an informed decision about whether to invest.

Securities Board 

The persons indicated in the court order are accused of violating the standards for registering securities of the state of Texas and failing to provide proper information about the risks associated with the mining of bitcoin.

SEC to Cease Simex Securitites Trading

As reported, under the federal securities laws the SEC can suspend trading in a stock for 10 days
23 October 2018   41

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading in securities of the American Retail Group (OTC: ARGB), also known as Simex, Inc. This is reported on the website of the agency.

According to representatives of the regulator, the decision was caused by false statements by the company about partnership with a “qualified and approved custodian”. The company also conducted an ICO, which allegedly "officially registered in accordance with the requirements of the SEC."

The SEC does not endorse or qualify custodians for cryptocurrency, and investors should use vigilance when considering an investment in an initial coin offering.

Robert A. Cohen

Chief, SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit

As reported, the SEC can suspend trading in a stock for 10 days and generally prohibit a broker-dealer from soliciting investors to buy or sell the stock again until certain reporting requirements are met.

Also earlier this month, the American regulator recommended investors to "be vigilant when considering the possibility of investing in the ICO."