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SEC发起首例ICO诈骗指控

今年8月,PlexCorps面向数万名投资者开放ICO。该公司向投资者“保证”,只要通过ICO购买了PlexCoin,就可以在不到一个月的时间内得到1354%的收益回报。截止发稿时,PlexCorps已经累计融资1500万美元。

然而就在本周,美国证券交易委员会(后文简称SEC)下属网络部门针对PlexCorps发起公开诉讼,而这也是SEC发起的首个ICO诈骗诉讼。SEC认为,PlexCorps的做法违背了美国联邦证券法相关反欺诈和登记条例。目前,SEC已经成功冻结了PlexCorps的ICO资产。

对于本次行动,SEC网络部门负责人Rober Cohen表示,PlexCorps的行为完全就是一种网络诈骗,也正是该部门的重点打击对象,他们希望快速出击尽可能地降低散户投资者在本次诈骗行动中遭受的损失。

The Securities Exchange Commission's new cyber unit has filed its first charges, winning an emergency asset freeze to stop an initial coin offering (ICO) that raised $15 million from investors. The regulator has charged "recidivist Quebec securities law violator" Dominic Lacroix and his company, PlexCorps, which marketed and sold securities called PlexCoin on the internet to investors.

Beginning in August, the firm raised up to $15 million from thousands of investors, telling them that by putting money into PlexCoin they would yield a 1,354% profit in less than 29 days.

The SEC has charged Lacroix, his partner Sabrina Paradis-Royer, and PlexCops with violating the anti-fraud provisions, and Lacroix and PlexCorps with violating the registration provision, of the US federal securities laws.

The watchdog has also obtained an emergency court order to freeze the assets of PlexCorps, Lacroix, and Paradis-Royer.

"This first Cyber Unit case hits all of the characteristics of a full-fledged cyber scam and is exactly the kind of misconduct the unit will be pursuing," says Robert Cohen, chief of the cyber unit. "We acted quickly to protect retail investors from this initial coin offering's false promises."


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