Category: New York

How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders

New Jersey Man Indicted as Global Crackdown on Crypto EscalatesA New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five years in prison and […]

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New York Orders Bittrex to Cease Operations but Approves Bitstamp

New York Orders Bittrex to Cease Operations but Green-Lights BitstampNew York State’s financial regulator has ordered Bittrex to cease operating in the state after rejecting its application for a Bitlicense. Multiple deficiencies were cited, some of which Bittrex immediately disputed. Meanwhile, Bitstamp has been green-lighted to offer the trading of five cryptocurrencies in the state. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at […]

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Onecoin Leaders Indicted in the U.S. for Operating ‘Fraudulent Pyramid Scheme’

On March 8, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced that officials have indicted two of the top leaders of the notorious Onecoin project. The prosecutors charged Onecoin cofounders Konstantin Ignatov and Ruja Ignatova with a slew of charges in connection with defrauding investors. Konstantin Ignatov […]

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Cottonwood Becomes Second Cryptocurrency ATM Operator to Receive Bitlicense

U.S.-based cryptocurrency ATM operator Cottonwood Vending has been granted regulatory approval to operate in the state of New York. As such, Cottonwood has become the second cryptocurrency ATM operator to receive a Bitlicense by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). Also Read: Coincheck Registers 1.7M New Users Since Resuming Operations  Cottonwood Granted Virtual […]

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Money Transmitter License Not Required for Crypto Businesses in Pennsylvania

Money Transmitter License Not Required for Crypto Businesses in PennsylvaniaOn Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) published guidance for virtual currency businesses operating in the state. The state’s financial agency has decided a money transmission license for cryptocurrency operations is not required. Also Read: Former Mt Gox CEO Reflects on Incarceration in Japan While Facing More Prison Time Banking Department […]

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Cryptocurrency Conferences Continue to Thrive Despite Industry Downturn

Cryptocurrency Conferences Continue to Thrive Despite Industry DownturnOver the last year, cryptocurrency prices have dropped significantly and mainstream attention has been waning in recent months. However, according to recent data, the digital currency and blockchain conference circuit did not see a steady decline during the last six months of 2018. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations […]

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The Daily: NYC to Launch Blockchain Center, Wyoming Advances Industry-Friendly Bills

The Daily: NYC to Launch Blockchain Center, Wyoming Advances Industry-Friendly BillsIn today’s edition of The Daily, we feature a couple of stories that show how, despite the current downturn in the cryptocurrency markets, different locations in the U.S. are competing to attract the industry. We also cover a new bitcoin investment trust application with the SEC and a rebranding of a crypto exchange. Also Read: […]

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The Daily: New York Establishes Crypto Task Force, Novogratz Buys More of Galaxy Digital

The Daily: New York Establishes Crypto Task Force, Novogratz Buys More of Galaxy DigitalIn Thursday’s edition of The Daily, we cover a new task force established by the state of New York to explore the cryptocurrency market and its regulation, a move by Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz to buy more of the business, and an interesting way to mark the anniversary of Bitcoin’s genesis block. Also Read: Bakkt […]

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A Cashless Society – Utopia or Dystopia?

A Cashless Society – Utopia or Dystopia?From Stockholm to New York, major global hubs are ditching cash for cards. As contactless payment devices including smartphones and smartwatches proliferate, hard currency is falling out of favor. But for all the convenience that touch payments bring, the cashless transition has major ramifications for the most underserved segments of society. Also read: Russian Marketplace Allows […]

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Canadian Court to Take Custody of Quadrigacx Funds, NYDIG Gets Bitlicense

Canadian Court to Seize Quadrigacx Funds, NYDIG Secures 14th BitlicenseIn recent regulatory news, a Canadian court plans to take custody of $19.5 million of funds that Quadrigacx deposited with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce before they were frozen due to competing ownership claims. Also, New York state regulators have granted the 14th Bitlicense to New York Digital Investment Group, and it has been […]

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Digital Asset ATM Provider Coinsource Acquires Bitlicense

Digital Asset ATM Provider Coinsource Acquires BitlicenseCoinsource announced on Thursday that it has become the first digital asset ATM provider to be granted a Bitlicense in the state of New York. The company joins 12 other organizations that have already received the license for virtual currency businesses from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). Also read: Anypay Provides BCH Invoices That […]

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Exchanges Roundup: UK MP Quits Ironx After Four Days, Daily OTC Volume Estimated at $250M

Exchanges Roundup: UK MP Quits Ironx After Four Days, Daily OTC Volume Estimated at $250MIn recent news regarding cryptocurrency exchanges, a member of the British Parliament has quit his role with a cryptocurrency exchange just four days after joining the company, analysts have estimated the daily volume of the over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency markets to be $250 million, and Poloniex’s new terms of use have banned residents of Germany, China, Pakistan, […]

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New York Regulator Approves Coinbase’s Custody Services for Six Cryptocurrencies

New York Regulator Approves Coinbase’s Custody Services for 6 CryptocurrenciesThe New York State Department of Financial Services has licensed a subsidiary of Coinbase to operate as an independent qualified custodian. The regulator has also approved Coinbase’s custody services for six major cryptocurrencies. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Coinbase Custody Licensed The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced […]

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IDEX Blacklists New York Residents, Setting a Worrying Precedent

IDEX Blacklists New York Residents, Setting a Worrying TrendIDEX, the supposedly decentralized exchange, plans to start blocking traders who reside in the state of New York. The decision sets an alarming precedent for decentralized exchanges (DEX), which have traditionally given short shrift to regional regulations in their pursuit of censorship-resistance. Also read: Circle’s USDC Stablecoin Added to Coinbase World’s Largest Censorship-Resistant DEX Starts Censoring […]

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US Federal Court Fines Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Over $2.5 Million

US Federal Court Fines Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Over $2.5 MillionA U.S. federal court has fined a New York firm and its chief executive officer over $2.5 million in the first anti-fraud action involving bitcoin filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The Ponzi scheme involved a fake pooled investment strategy and a “fake computer ‘hack’ that supposedly caused the loss of nearly all customer funds,” […]

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Regulations Roundup: Industry Leaders Want Clarity, Alliance Capitals Earns FINMA Warning

Regulations Roundup: Industry Leaders Want Clarity, Alliance Capitals Earns FINMA WarningIn recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency regulations, industry leaders have urged U.S. lawmakers to provide regulatory clarity or risk a crypto firm exodus, a Greek representative to the European Parliament has advocated for a lightweight cryptocurrency apparatus to avoid stifling innovation across the distributed ledger technologies industries, and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has […]

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Vague Laws Leave Crypto Users Confused in Almost Half of the US

In Nearly Half of the US, Crypto Users Unsure if They’re Breaking LawsJustin Wales and Arnaldo Rego, lawyers at Carlton Fields, have surveyed all 50 states in the US, looking for clarity on money transmitting laws as they relate to cryptocurrencies. As adoption and general usage increases, states appear to be failing to keep up, leaving many enthusiasts to wonder if they’re committing a crime. Also read: […]

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