Category: Investigation

Initiative to Curtail Negative Interest Rates Gains Traction in Germany

Ban on Negative Rates Initiative Gains Traction in GermanyNegative interest rates, a common occurrence in Europe these days, are unpleasant for both banks and clients. And financial institutions have been increasingly transferring the bulk of the burden on to their customers. Some political factions in Germany, however, aren’t happy with the trend and are pushing for adequate protection for the ordinary small saver, […]

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Ross Ulbricht Letter Questions the Wisdom of Imprisoning Non-Violent Offenders

Forced to spend the rest of his days in a cage, Ross Ulbricht has recounted his situation in a letter, which explains how he’s spent more than 2,096 days in a U.S. federal penitentiary for running a website. Also Read: Bitcoin ‘Inventor’ Craig Wright Claims He Can’t Access Coins in Court Testimony Ross Ulbricht Reflects […]

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Twitter Shenanigans and Tether Probe in the Weekly Video Update From Bitcoin.com

Cryptocurrency advocates try to get the CEO of Twitter to ban @Bitcoin and the New York Attorney General goes after the company behind Tether. This and more in the weekly video news update on Bitcoin.com’s Youtube channel. Also Read: How to Start Cloud Mining Bitcoin Cash Watch Bitcoin.com’s Weekly News Update This week’s show covers […]

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Kraken Offers $100K Reward for Help Finding Quadrigacx Funds

Kraken Offers $100K Reward for Help Finding Quadrigacx FundsThe San Francisco crypto exchange Kraken has announced the company is offering a $100,000 reward in exchange for a solid lead toward finding the missing Quadrigacx coins. Kraken has explained the company wants to bring more “awareness and attention” to the case and hopefully locate some of the lost funds. Also read: P2P Exchange Hodl […]

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Hacked NZ Exchange Cryptopia Allowed to Reopen

Hacked NZ Exchange Cryptopia Allowed to ReopenDigital asset exchange Cryptopia has been given the green light to open again after New Zealand police announced they have almost completed their investigation at its offices. The crypto trading platform suffered a security breach last month when, according to one estimate, as much as $16 million worth of cryptocurrency was stolen. Also read: Brazilian […]

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Australian Banks Fraudulently Collected Fees From Deceased Customers

Australia's Banking Sector inquiry Reveals Massive Cheating as Banks Collect Fees for Dead CustomersA national inquiry into the misconduct of Australia’s banking sector has revealed profit-driven malpractice that has shattered customer trust. Some of the country’s largest banks were found guilty of making families homeless and charging fees for non-existent services, sometimes to dead customers. They also caused clients to lose hundreds of millions of dollars through misleading […]

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South Korea Updates ICO Stance After 3-Month Investigation

South Korea Updates ICO Policy After 3-Month InvestigationThe South Korean government has updated its stance on initial coin offerings (ICOs) as well as announced the results of its 3-month investigation of ICO activities carried out by Korean companies. The government found that many companies have bypassed its ICO ban and conducted token sales overseas. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community […]

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67 Cryptocurrency Companies Probed by UK Regulator

67 Cryptocurrency Companies Probed by UK RegulatorThe U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reportedly provided an update of its investigations of crypto companies. A total of 67 inquiries were launched, 49 of which have been closed, leaving 18 businesses currently under investigation. The UK government has reportedly said it is ready to give power to the FCA to regulate the crypto […]

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Officials at Top Korean Cryptocurrency Exchange Upbit Indicted for Fraud

Officials at South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Upbit, have been indicted for fraud. They allegedly made bogus crypto orders worth approximately $226 billion and sold 11,550 BTC to around 26,000 investors. Upbit has denied the charges and insisted that it did not commit fraud, engage in wash trades, or trade cryptocurrencies it did not own. […]

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A Heartbroken Mother Hopes President Trump Will Exonerate Ross Ulbricht

A Heartbroken Mother Hopes President Trump Will Exonerate Ross UlbrichtLyn Ulbricht, the mother of convicted Silk Road administrator Ross Ulbricht, has expressed hope that U.S. president Donald Trump will pardon her son. Ulbricht’s family believes that Ross didn’t receive a fair trial and his sentencing was extremely harsh for a crime that didn’t involve violence. The interview with Lyn Ulbricht follows the recent 111,588 […]

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Deutsche Bank Headquarters Raided by 170 Police Officers Over Money Laundering

Deutsche Bank Headquarters Raided by 170 Police Officers Over Money LaunderingDeutsche Bank’s headquarters and five other offices have been raided by 170 police officers, prosecutors, and tax inspectors over money laundering allegations. The bank’s written and electronic business documents were reportedly seized. Its employees allegedly helped clients set up offshore companies to launder money. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive […]

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Petition to Free Ross Ulbricht Gathers 100,000 Signatures

Petition to Free Ross Ulbricht Gathers 100,000 SignaturesOver the last few months, a petition aimed at freeing Ross Ulbricht from prison has garnered 100,000 signatures. The request addressed to U.S. president Donald Trump and hosted on Change.org explains that Ulbricht deserves clemency because his investigation, trial, and sentencing were rife with abuse. Also read: Hash Wars: Battle Comes to an End as BSV […]

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The Daily: BTC Spot Index Launches, Futures Platform Delayed

The Daily: BTC Spot Index Launches, Futures Platform DelayedIn today’s edition of The Daily, we cover a number of developments in the institutional segment, including a new BTC spot index, a delay in the launch of a futures platform and an investment by Binance in an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk in San Francisco. We also cover an investigation into Tether and, on a […]

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Crypto Detectives Project Rates and Investigates Suspicious ICOs

Non-Profit Project Investigates and Rates Suspicious ICOsAn online platform created in Russia has set a noble goal of making the cryptocurrency industry safer for investors. The project investigates initial coin offerings (ICOs) that have raised suspicions and performs the due diligence for free. A report about each ICO is then published containing а summary of the findings and a conclusion about […]

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Turkish Police Detain 11 Suspects in Bitcoin Theft Case

Turkish Police Detain 11 Suspects in Bitcoin Theft CaseThe cybercrime unit of the Turkish police has detained 11 people suspected of hacking into emails, user accounts and cryptocurrency wallets. The operation was launched after law enforcement received a number of complaints from victims who lost digital cash.   Also read: Church Mining Cryptocurrency to Pay Higher Electricity Rates               Hackers Steal $80,000 Worth of […]

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South Korea Cracks Down on Unauthorized Cryptocurrency Funds

South Korea Cracks Down on Unauthorized Cryptocurrency FundsSouth Korean financial regulators are cracking down on unauthorized cryptocurrency funds. In particular, one crypto fund launched by a local exchange is reportedly being investigated. The exchange claims no wrongdoing as its token activities were carried out overseas, but has promptly canceled its plan to launch a second fund. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into […]

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Regulations Roundup: Shenzhen Court Recognizes Bitcoin, Coinbase Lawsuit Dismissed

Regulations Roundup: Shenzhen Court Recognizes Bitcoin, Motion to Dismiss Coinbase Case GrantedIn recent regulatory news, a Shenzhen court has ruled in favor of protecting an “equity transfer agreement” involving bitcoin, the judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against Coinbase has granted a motion to dismiss, and an Australian woman has been arrested for stealing 100,000 XRP following a 10-month investigation. Also Read: Regulations Roundup: SEC Considers […]

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World’s Biggest Banks Helped Clients Steal $63 Billion in Taxes in Europe

World's Biggest Banks Help Clients Steal $63 Billion in Taxes in EuropeEurope’s top banks allegedly helped wealthy clients across the continent steal 55 billion euros ($63 billion) from multiple governments by making tax reclaims to which they were not entitled, an investigation has revealed. The theft centred around a complex scheme of trading stocks that also involved hedge funds and large international commercial law firms. Also […]

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Hundreds of ICOs Being Secretly Investigated by SEC, Claims Report

'Secret' US Investigations into 'Hundreds' of ICOs, SEC 'Tightens Noose,' According to ReportHundreds of startups are reportedly being “secretly” targeted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for their involvement with initial coin offerings. Companies that participated in ICOs are now scrambling to clarify whether their token constituted a security, and, if so, whether it was properly registered with or exempted by the SEC. Also read: Europe, […]

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European Banks Facilitated Large Crypto-Fiat Deals, Probe Finds

European Banks Facilitated Large Crypto-Fiat Deals, Probe FindsSeveral financial institutions in Europe, like Danske Bank and Swedbank, have been mentioned in a Lithuanian report investigating large-scale crypto-fiat transactions that took place in the past two years. Some of the banks’ clients traded digital coins worth millions of euros and the Baltic nation’s financial crime combating agency wants to know where the first […]

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Ex-Liberia Central Bank Chief Under Probe for Missing $104M, State Seeks FBI Help

Ex-Liberia Central Bank Chief Under Probe for Missing $104M, State Seeks FBI HelpMore than a dozen government officials, including former central bank governor and his deputy, have come under investigation in Liberia after $104 million of newly printed banknotes vanished from the state purse. Liberia has issued a travel ban to Milton Weeks, the ex-Central Bank of Liberia chief, his deputy Charles Sirleaf, son of former president Ellen […]

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Danske Bank’s Alleged Money Laundering Now Totals $234 Billion, CEO Quits

Danske Bank's Alleged Money Laundering Now Totals $235 Billion, CEO QuitsThe investigation into Danske Bank’s alleged money laundering has uncovered new funds. The amount of “questionable money” flowing through the bank’s Estonian branch has grown from $150 billion to approximately $234 billion. In response, the CEO of Danske Bank turned in his resignation. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals From […]

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$150B Money Laundering Probe of Danske Bank Implicates Citigroup and Deutsche Bank

$150B Money Laundering Probe of Danske Bank Implicates Citigroup and Deutsche BankU.S. law enforcement agencies have started their money laundering investigations of Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest bank, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citigroup and Deutsche Bank have been implicated. Danske Bank is also currently under investigation by Denmark and Estonia and its CEO reportedly ignored warnings of suspicious transactions. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to […]

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Denmark’s Largest Bank May Have Facilitated up to $150 Billion in Money Laundering

Denmark’s Largest Bank May Have Facilitated up to $150 Billion in Money LaunderingCompanies from Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union have apparently turned the small country of Estonia into a massive money laundering haven. An investigation into the Estonian branch of Denmark’s largest bank is examining up to $150 billion which may have been involved. Also Read: The Daily: Robinhood Aiming for IPO, Dodgers […]

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