Texas Regulator Finds Widespread Fraud in Cryptocurrency Offerings

April 11

The Texas State Securities Board issued a report summarizing its a four-week investigation of securities offerings tied to virtual currencies.  They opened 32 investigations in the period commencing December 18, 2017.  Among the findings:

  • No promoters were registered to sell securities in Texas, a violation of the Texas Securities Act;
  • 30 promoters were broadly using websites, social media, and onlineadvertising to market to Texans;
  • Seven promoters were offering securities tied to a new cryptocurrency;
  • At least five promoters all but ignored investing risks by guaranteeing returns, some as high as 40% per month;
  • Only 11 promoters provided potential investors with a physical address;
  • At least six promoters were actively recruiting sales agents without verifying they were registered with the Securities Commissioner; and

Six of the offerings involved payment of a commission to investors who recruited new investors into the scheme.

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David Zaslowsky has a degree in computer science and, before going to Yale Law School, was a computer programmer. He is currently the Chairman of the Litigation Department of the firm’s New York office. His practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He has been involved in cases in trial and appellate courts across the United States and before arbitral institutions around the world. Many of David’s cases, including some patent cases, have related to technology. Since 2008, David has been included in Chambers for his expertise in international arbitration.

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