The regulator also demanded Binance return all crypto assets to customers, or transfer them to a company authorized in Belgium. They also noted that "The Crown Prosecutor of Brussels has been informed of the acts that are liable to constitute a criminal offence."
Around $1.25 million in various assets have been stolen thus far, with the largest single loss exceeding $150,000.
The project was real, and they had in fact brought on Bryan as an advisor and investor. Bryan later stated in a YouTube video that he had "[taken] the majority of my Bitcoin and rolled it into this technology". However, the firm scrapped its plans for an initial coin offering in 2019. Despite this, Bryan continued pitching the ICO to friends and family with the promise of big returns. One investor, a college student, he reeled in after matching with her on the dating app Bumble. Various sources told The Hollywood Reporter they'd lost between $5,000 and $25,000, for a total of almost $50,000.
In October 2020, Producers Market cut ties with Bryan. This coincided with Bryan being arrested for felony strangulation and other charges in regards to a drunken assault on a girlfriend, which he later pled down to misdemeanor menacing and fourth-degree assault.
Ponzi scheme promising a blockchain app to identify dogs by their nose-prints scams investors out of $127 million
As for the noseprint reader, well, it was found to be a fake product that (shockingly) didn't use a blockchain at all. The company had also promised to build "theme parks for pets", but had not leased any of the sites it had identified.
Now, the cease and desist, filed June 21, has become public. It alleges that "the overall financial condition of [Prime Trust] has considerably deteriorated to a critically deficient level" and that "On or about June 21, 2023, Respondent was unable to honor customer withdrawals due to a shortfall of customer funds". The NFID alleged that Prime Trust "has materially and willfully breached its fiduciary duties to its customers by failing to safeguard assets under its custody and is unable to meet all customer disbursement requests."
Prime Trust had been a partner of the TrueUSD stablecoin, which halted minting on June 10 for undisclosed reasons.
- Order to cease and desist, State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Financial Institutions Division
Shortly after BitGo's announcement, Prime Trust client Stably announced that they had received a letter from Prime Trust announcing that deposits and withdrawals would be halted. Prime Trust stated that the halt was by order of the Nevada Financial Institution Division, which had been issued the previous day.
As it turned out, Elena had actually directly copied the pixel art from various sources. When accused of copying it, she published a screen capture video claiming to show that she had created the artwork "pixel by pixel", but people were quickly able to find the true sources of the artwork.
Eventually, she came as close to an admission as she is apparently going to get in an announcement that she would be pausing the sale: "I have heard your concerns about the art and I will be working to fix the file quality and any images that might be seen as 'copied' as they were only retraces and I never had any ill intent whatsoever."
Binance had applied for registration after being warned by the FCA in July 2021 to seek registration before launching its business in the region.
Sources cited by the FT allege that Crypto.com made "absolutely dramatic sworn statements that Crypto.com was in no way involved in trading" to other trading houses, and claim that employees were asked to lie about the existence of internal market makers. Crypto.com has refuted these allegations, and acknowledged that they run a market maker.
"This is not a controversial practice," Crypto.com said about the controversial practice.
- "Trading teams at Crypto.com exchange raise conflict questions", Financial Times
Huang is also annoyed at zachxbt's observations about the multiple hacks of C.R.E.A.M. Finance, which zachxbt wrote had been exploited three times "due to negligence". "Putting aside that Cream Finance was exploited two, not three times", Huang hilariously writes in the lawsuit, taking issue with the fact that zachxbt supposedly intentionally omitted that some funds were returned and that Huang claims to have been no longer involved with the project by that point. It's not made clear in the lawsuit which of the three hacks recorded on Web3 is Going Just Great — to the tune of $37.5 million (February 2021), $25–30 million (August 2021), and $130 million (October 27, 2021) — supposedly didn't happen.