Crypto Lobbyist Jack Abramoff was charged for running a $5.6 million bitcoin scam after duping investors into purchasing tokens that he promised were convertible into a better BTC version. He agreed to plead guilty to the charges, as we are reading more in our Bitcoin scam news today.
Abramoff now faces up to five years in jail after the crypto lobbyist scammed many investors into investing in a Bitcoin scam. He was a part of the George W. Bush administration and he confessed about his role in operating a $5.6 million scam. The US Attorney confirmed the statement on Thursday that Abramoff committed fraud by duping small investors into purchasing digital tokens of his crypto project AMB Bitcoin. He promised people that the tokens will be convertible into a new cryptocurrency that will be much more secure than bitcoin.
Jack Abramoff also made illegal token sales via a Nevada-based company named NAC Foundation and the authorities charged him earlier and the chief executive of the firm Rowland Marcus Andrade over his heavy involvement in wire fraud and money laundering. In the meantime, Abramoff and Andrade lied about deploying their so-called BTC technology into government offices saying that they will help tackle money laundering and terrorist financing by purchasing expensive news coverage so lure investors into the scam.
The scheme fell on the radar of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission when the published a new framework to assist the crypto firms in determining whether or not their token is a security. The agency charged the NAC foundation to ignore the framework. Kristina Littman of the SEC said:
“We allege that these defendants repeatedly misled investors into funding non-existent technology, falsely claiming that the technology would make digital asset transactions more secure.”
Regulators and prosecutors brought a piece of the Bitcoin-enabled companies on their radar since 2017 when a lot of selling of unregistered securities happened and the craze helped Bitcoin to surge to $20,000 which was the record high for the leading cryptocurrency. Shady startups also raised millions by selling worthless crypto tokens that were traded on offshore exchanges. More than 80% of the companies failed to turn up an actual product which led to a cumulative loss surpassing $10 billion.
Abramoff’s role in the AMB bitcoin scam emerged during the ICO mania peak as news outlets reported that the lobbyist produced a show called “Capitol Makeover: Bitcoin Brigade” by promising that marketing will help him get Bitcoin into the US Congress.
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