To dabble in the cryptocurrent is to explore a new and unfamiliar world, with strange rules, warring factions, matters mysterious and—frankly—ghoulishbold predictionsincomprehensible jargon, even more unfathomable valuations and rampant fraud—with all of the potential for losing enormous amounts of actual money the combination of those imply. Facing such perplexity and peril, it is no surprise that the blockchain beginner might look to an expert or adept to guide her through the ever-shifting dunes and tides. A familiar face or trusted brand lending an imprimatur to this coin or that, and with it a sense of assurance that you will not be the latest mug taken in by the latest obvious bitcoin scam. You know, a Kodak, or a Jose Canseco, or a Steven Seagal, or maybe even a Stephen Moore. Or a well-known rapper and star of the not-at-all-ominously-named reality television shows “Road to Redemption” and “The Grand Hustle.”

Grammy award-winning rapper Clifford Harris, known as T.I., agreed to pay a U.S. regulator $75,000 to settle charges that he broke securities laws by selling fraudulent crypto-currency investments, the agency said on Friday…. FLiK tokens were sold as investment contracts in the company which claimed it would operate as a “Netflix on the blockchain,” a streaming platform where users could buy products and services with FLiK tokens. But Felton allegedly used the funds to buy a Ferrari, million-dollar home, diamond jewelry and other luxury goods, the SEC said.

Rapper T.I. in $75,000 U.S. settlement over cryptocurrency offering [Reuters]


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Older Brother Sells Out Younger Brother In Alleged Crypto Hedge Fund Fraud, But Notes That Real Villain Is SEC

If they’d just unfreeze those assets, his little bro would quickly get them back to his alleged victims, he’s pretty sure.

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SEC Charges Alleged Mastermind Of Made-Up Stuff With Fraud

According to the authorities, when Eric Malley wasn’t pontificating on cryptos, he was conjuring imaginary real estate investment funds.

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Hedge Fund's ‘Regulated Crypto’ Claim Becomes Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The Crypto Asset Fund may not have been regulated when it made that claim—but it is now.


The Only People Dumber Than The Victims Of This Cryptofraud Are Its Alleged Perpetrators

A presumably defrauded Hells Angel wants me to meet him in Switzerland. What, you think I shouldn’t go?

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Convicted Hedge Fund Fraudster Now Also Accused Crypto Fraudster

Boaz Manor a.k.a. Shaun MacDonald has (allegedly) moved on with the times.