BitcoinOn Friday, Coinbase, the largest U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange, notified approximately 13,000 of its customers that it would be turning over their account information to the Internal Revenue Service within 21
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BitcoinIn a recent speech, the Under Secretary of Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) warned of the growing threats to the U.S. financial system posed by virtual
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BitcoinThe Internal Revenue Service has assembled a specialized team of criminal investigators to build criminal tax evasion cases involving users of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, according to a Bloomberg article
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Our colleagues Joshua Horn, Ernest E. Badway, and Benjamin H. McCoy have published an article about the recent release by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance
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BitcoinOver the course of the last two months, we have witnessed a flurry of enforcement activity with respect to initial coin offerings and virtual currency fraud schemes by the Securities
Continue Reading SEC’s Cyber Unit Shutters Another Alleged Initial Coin Offering Scam As Federal Cryptocurrency Fraud Crackdown Continues

Last week we reported on a flurry of enforcement activity by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s “Virtual Currency Task Force” with respect to virtual currency fraud schemes. On Thursday, January
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BitcoinThe Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering
Continue Reading SEC Continues Crackdown on Initial Coin Offerings With Cease-and-Desist Order

BitcoinThe Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that its new Cyber Unit obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a “fast-moving” Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fraud that raised up to
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