OCC’s Brian Brooks thinks that DeFi can root out bias and fraud in traditional banking

In an opinion piece published in the Financial Times on Tuesday, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks put forward the need to reconfigure banking regulations for an age of algorithms.  Brooks, who currently leads the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, compared existing banking regulations to traffic laws. He further used the analogy of self-driving cars for new steps in decentralized finance. “Just as the original rules of the road protected us from other drivers, so our current bank regulations exist mainly to prevent human failings,” wrote…

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Onecoin Victims Join Petition Seeking Establishment of European Crypto Fraud Compensation Fund

Onecoin victims have joined a consortium that wants the European Parliament to consider a petition seeking the establishment of a compensation fund. The envisioned EU-administered fund will function as an insurance kitty for current and future victims of all crypto fraud. The petitioners are proposing the levying of an “unnoticeable” fee of 0.0001 cent per €1 on all crypto-asset transactions conducted on EU territory. Explaining the pivot towards the European Parliament, the victims’ lawyer, Jonathan Levy, says they have now made the decision to approach the legislature because they know…

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Bulgarian exchange owner convicted over auction fraud scheme

Rossen Iossifov, a 53-year-old Bulgarian national and owner of the ‘RG Coins’ cryptocurrency exchange, has been convicted of operating a multi-million dollar money laundering ring as part of a transnational auction fraud scheme. Following a two-week trial Iossifov was found guilty by a federal jury in Frankfort, Kentucky, of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. The Kentucky resident will face sentencing on Jan. 12, 2021. The jury found that at least 900 U.S. citizens were conned in a scheme that saw Iossifov’s Romania–based accomplices post advertisements…

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Rapper TI Cryptocurrency Fraud: Charged and Fined $75,000 by SEC

Rapper TI and four other people, including film producer Ryan Felton, have been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over fraudulent token sales. TI, or Tip as the rapper is also known, is also fined $75,000 by the securities regulator. Rapper TI and Film Producer Charged The SEC announced Friday the charges against rapper and actor Clifford Harris Jr. (often known as TI or Tip), film producer Ryan Felton, and three others over two fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs). The SEC also charged two companies, Flik and…

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South African Man Charged in U.S. Court for Fraud Involving $28 Million in Bitcoin and Forex

A South African man has been charged with fraud in the Maryland District Court for allegedly scamming $28 million from over 1,000 investors. Dennis Jali, a former resident of Maryland, targeted church-going African immigrants, promising them guaranteed returns on his supposed bitcoin (BTC) and foreign currency investment pool. In a press statement, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it jointly charged Jali and two accomplices for orchestrating the “Ponzi scheme”. Arley Ray Johnson and John Frimpong, both of Maryland, fraudently solicited…

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Major South Korean Crypto Exchange Raided by Police in Alleged $25.2M Fraud Case

South Korean police raided the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb on September 2 as part of an investigation of fraud allegedly committed by the organization’s main shareholder. With the recorded number of visitors to the platform touching 4.11 million between May and July, Bithumb is the largest exchange in the country. According to a local publication, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Intelligent Crime Investigation Unit “searched and seized premises” used by the exchange as headquarters in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Police action appears to stem from the alleged investment fraud committed at…

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US Regulator Charges Tech Firm, CEO in $5 Million ICO Fraud Case

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly charged Virginia-based Boontech and CEO, Rajesh Pavithran for fraud and registration violations. The charges stem from an initial coin offering (ICO) that raised $5 million from 1,500 investors around the world in exchange for Boon Coins. In return, Pavithran and his company promised to develop and market a platform that connects employers posting jobs with freelancers seeking work. The SEC says that the alleged offenses were committed between November 2017 and January 2018. According to the SEC order, “Boon Coins were…

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Over a Hundred 10-Year-Old Bitcoin Addresses Signed: Message Calls ‘Craig Wright a Fraud’ 

Not too long ago, news.Bitcoin.com reported on Craig Wright’s recently submitted bitcoin address list that contained at least three spent blocks. Following the court filing, on May 24 a pastezone dump of 144 addresses, some of which are also represented in Wright’s list, contained a verified message that notes “Craig Steven Wright is a liar and a fraud.” The addresses verify the private keys belong to the messenger and Wright may have some issues in court explaining why this happened. OG Bitcoiner Signs 144 Bitcoin Addresses from 2009 and 2010…

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Algorand Targets Insurance Fraud With New Partnership

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) firm Algorand has partnered with blockchain-based tamper-proof media verification platform Attestiv to target fraud within the insurance industry. The firms will combine their tech to develop a single platform for verifying digital media for a multitude of stakeholders across the insurance sector — including insurers, customers, repair vendors and carriers. Media is validated using Attestiv’s AI-based platform “either at the point of capture or via forensic analysis” before being “fingerprinted” and uploaded to Algorand blockchain to create an immutable record of the validated documentation. Alogrand COO…

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Etherscan Launches Fraud Monitoring and Address Blacklisting

Popular Ethereum (ETH) block explorer Etherscan has launched a machine-learning powered surveillance engine to flag ETH and wallets that are associated with illicit activity. Wallets that have originated from illegal sources will now be blacklisted — allowing users to identify when coins they are receiving have a checkered history. Etherscan blacklists funds of illegal origin Etherscan announced its ETHProtect detection system in a blog post on April 14. ETHProtect will generate “daily user reports on suspicious fraudulent activities” which will be reviewed and verified by Etherscan’s security research analysts. The…

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