Monthly Archives: February 2021

US Resident Operated Illegal Bitcoin Exchange Business – Faces 25 Years in Jail

An Ontario man based in San Bernardino County of the U.S. has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of illegally operating a bitcoin to cash exchange business. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the man, Hugo Sergio Mejia, 49, operated the unregistered exchange business between May 2018 and September 2020. Accordingly, Mejia now faces “a statutory maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison” once he pleads guilty. In a statement announcing the charges, the DOJ says Mejia had, as part of his plea […]

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Wall Street Bets and Gamestop Saga to Be Made Into a Movie

The Wall Street Bets saga, an incredibly ridiculous story about a group of amateur Reddit investors who beat career Wall Street hedge funds at their own game, is to be made into a movie. According to a report by online news site Deadline on Jan. 31, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) won the rights to produce the film in a bidding war involving major Hollywood movie houses. The movie is to be based on a book proposed by author Ben Mezrich. Mezrich’s previous work, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding […]

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22.3 million Bitcoin addresses were active during January

On-chain Bitcoin activity surged during January, with more than 22.3 million addresses sending or receiving BTC last month. January was a record month for Bitcoin’s price and network activity, with more than 22.3 million unique addresses actively sending or receiving BTC over 31 days. The milestone was spotted by crypto market data aggregator Glassnode, who tweeted that January had seen the highest monthly number of unique active addresses in Bitcoin’s history: #Bitcoin network activity at ATH. In January, more than 22.3 million unique addresses were active in […]

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Unlicensed crypto exchange operator faces 25 years for laundering $13m

A California resident is expected to plead guilty to charges of operating an unlicensed exchange and laundering more than $13 million. 49-year-old peer-to-peer crypto trader, Hugo Sergio Mejia, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. The U.S. Attorney’s Office accuses Mejia of using a suite of limited liability corporations to conceal the true nature of his operations while exchanging cash for Bitcoins over a period spanning more than two years. The complaint accuses Mejia of transferring funds […]

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SEC charges promoters of Steven Seagal-spruiked ICO from 2018

The SEC has charged three individuals for defrauding investors out of millions through the Steven Seagal-backed Bitcoiin2Gen ICO. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged three individuals for various cryptocurrency frauds including the 2018 initial coin offering for the Steven Seagal-promoted altcoin, Bitcoiin2Gen. A Feb. 1 SEC announcement estimates that Bitcoiin Gen founder John DeMarr, Start Options founder Kristijan Krstic, and promotor Robin Enos duped investors out of more than $11 million through two fraudulent and unregistered securities offerings from December 2017 until May 2018. The […]

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USDC on exchanges doubled in January while Tether’s dominance fell to new lows

USD Coin continues to capture stablecoin market share, with Tether’s stable token dominance falling below 75% for the first time ever. The sands are shifting in the stablecoin ecosystem, with Circle’s USD Coin quickly eating into the dominance of the sector’s leader, Tether. According to a Feb. 1 report from Glassnode, the amount of USDC on exchanges increased by more than 112% in January alone, growing from $431 million to over $915 million. Since the beginning of the year, roughly $1 billion worth of new USDC has […]

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Soaring Sell Orders Contrast Sharply with Bitcoin’s Renewed Bull Run

Alongside the cryptocurrency’s meteoric climb over the back half of 2020 and early 2021, a curious phenomenon has unfolded; heightened profit-taking and conversion to fiat currencies. Data collected by Simplex, a fiat-crypto gateway, underscores this seemingly paradoxical development. A Curious Race to Convert Crypto to Fiat Has Accompanied Bitcoin’s Latest Drive Higher Sharing exclusive data with Bitcoin.com, Simplex cofounder and chief analytics officer Netanel Kabala says: While the international press coverage of Bitcoin’s rally has caused a swathe of new users to flock to the industry and […]

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US Federal Reserve Seeking Manager to Research CBDCs and Stablecoins

The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) has posted a job advertisement that seeks to hire a role related to stablecoins and central bank digital currencies (CBDC). The Fed is looking for a research manager to join its team to assess the “benefits and risks” of digital assets. The Role Is Part of the Fed’s Digital Innovation Policy Per the Linkedin job posting, the Federal Reserve Board expects the selected candidate to manage the “Digital Innovation Policy Program.” The department oversees “all aspects of a program focused on emerging […]

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Senator to launch Financial Innovation Caucus to educate lawmakers on crypto

Cynthia Lummis, the first U.S. senator to own Bitcoin, will launch a Financial Innovation Caucus to educate her fellow-senators about Bitcoin and crypto assets. Senator Cynthia Lummis, the first senator in the history of the United States to own Bitcoin, has revealed plans to launch a Financial Innovation Caucus to educate her fellow senators on cryptocurrency and digital assets. Appearing on Anthony Pompliano’s podcast on Feb. 2, Lummis announced her intention to establish the caucus, stating: “We hope to use it as a springboard to educate members […]

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CryptoQuant CEO says Coinbase Bitcoin outflows are a ‘bullish signal’

The CEO of CryptoQuant says a recent 15,200 BTC outflow at Coinbase is a sign that institutions are accumulating for the next Bitcoin bull break. Recent Bitcoin (BTC) outflows from Coinbase are reminiscent of the “proof-of-keys” days and could be a sign of a bullish future, according to CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju. Data from the cryptocurrency analysis firm shows that more than 15,200 BTC, currently worth over $515 million, were withdrawn from Coinbase on Jan. 31. BTC outflows from Coinbase. Source: CryptoQuant According to Ki Young […]

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