BKCoin Shut Down

10997443262?profile=RESIZE_400xAnother day and another US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) crypto crackdown case.  Recently, the US regulator announced emergency action against investment adviser BKCoin Management in connection with an alleged fraud scheme.  

The SEC alleged on 07 March 2023 that Miami-based BKCoin Management raised $100 million from at least 55 investors to plug into cryptocurrency. Instead, it was used to spend on luxury items and make “Ponzi-like payments” to investors to hide their fraud.  The investment advisor allegedly commingled customer funds.  One of BKCoin Management’s principals, Kevin Kang, https://ww.linkedin.com/in/kevinmkang09/ misappropriated at least $371,000 of investor money to pay for holidays and an apartment and falsified documents, the SEC alleged.  Readers may want to delete their connection to Mr. Kang on LinkedIn.

The director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office said the “defendants misappropriated their money, created false documents, and even engaged in Ponzi-like conduct.  As the complaint alleges, the defendants disregarded the structure of the funds, commingled investor assets, and used more than $3.6 million to make Ponzi-like payments to earlier fund investors.”

See:  https://redskyalliance.org/xindustry/cryptocurrency-scams-continue

The SEC reported that it has already frozen assets and obtained other emergency relief against the company.  The Commission now seeks permanent injunctions against BKCoin and Kang, disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and a civil penalty from both of the defendants.  It also seeks an officer and director bar and conduct-based injunction against Kang.

The SEC has for years taken a tough stance against the crypto industry.  Since 2018, the Commission has targeted token sales and ICOs, a form of capital fundraising in crypto, as unregistered securities sales.  The SEC has intensified the crackdown, and Gensler has made it known that he believes that essentially every coin and token other than Bitcoin is an unregistered security.

Many high-profile companies are now being targeted. In January 2023, the Commission charged Genesis and Gemini for offering unregistered securities.  Earlier in March 2023, it also fined American crypto exchange Kraken $30 million for violating securities laws.

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