Jared Rice Sr., who is the former CEO of the crypto decentralized startup AriseBank and the creator of the AriseCoin, pleaded guilty to defrauding investors out of more than $4.2 million in a crypto scam and this is what we are reading in the latest cryptocurrency news below.
The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox published the official announcement after Rice Sr. was arrested by the FBI at the end of December 2018. Rice has managed to make a deal with the U.S. SEC after the agency put up a civil action against him and his former executives after they scammed investors for more than $2.5 million. Nealy Cox stated:
“We will not tolerate flagrant deception of investors – virtual or otherwise.”
This kind of a plea deal Rice agreed to with Cox is one of the first of its kinds in the US Federal Court that includes crypto companies. Rice pleaded guilty on security fraud charges after he admitted that he lied potential investors into investing hundreds of dollars.
Rice was found guilty of scamming investors into buying his AriseCoin cryptocurrency which claimed to bring ‘’no-risk returns.’’ Investors placed their money right into Rice’s scam net and invested more than $4,250,000 in BTC, ETH, and LTC, into the ICO that was supposed to provide them with the AriseCoin.
He also claimed that he raised $600 million in an ICO which later turned out to be false. The US Attorney’s Office stated:
“Mr. Rice quietly converted investor funds for his own personal use, spending the money on hotels, food, transportation, a family law attorney, and even a guardian ad litem – facts he failed to disclose to investors.’’
AriseBank was named as the best-decentralized bank by Rice and he claimed that the crypto bank will provide the customers ‘’FDIC-insured accounts and transactions’’ which the United States Securities and Exchange Commission turned out to be false. He also claimed that his bank supports Visa card payments and that the platform supports hundreds of virtual currencies.
AriseBank was not authorized for providing banking services in the state of Texas. Rice is now obliged to repay the investors who lost their money and he is also facing twenty years in prison if he gets sentenced in July. Initially, he was facing up to 120 years in federal prison.
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“Through keywords such as Ponzi, loan and recruiting members, we were able to teach the AI patterns of Ponzi schemes. The program can also identify advertisement patterns and identified the enterprise in question, which [was caught] with evidence provided by an unnamed informant.”The CEOs of the scheme, known as Lee and Bae, amassed a lot of money through selling private digital tokens named M-Coin which posed to be a real altcoin, along with membership fees from recruits, as the publication states. The figures also took advantage of the public's lack of knowledge of the crypto space to part them from their fiat investments.
“In our stakeout, we saw that most people attending the swindler’s presentation for membership were elderly people in their 60s and 70s,” Hong Nam-ki added.Currently, Ponzi schemes still remain a persistent phenomenon despite the increasing legitimacy of cryptocurrency in the public eye. This is obviously not the first (or the last) crypto ponzi scheme that exists out there - and will hopefully not be the last to be spotted with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Earlier this year, authorities caught up with the controllers of OneCoin which is a notorious international quasi-pyramid scheme which ran for several years.
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"The data is clear that, today, the most likely consumer loss scenario for any cryptocurrency company is hot wallet loss due to hacking."Martin also touched on the possible scenarios and how Coinbase's insurance policies give customers peace of mind that the Bitcoin or altcoin savings they hold at the exchange is protected from losses.
“If the worst happens and Coinbase loses customer funds, customers deserve certainty that they will be made whole,” he wrote.According to experts, the worst case scenarios for losses in this manner break down to two categories: crime and specie. While crime covers losses caused by criminals who hack, steal and conduct fraud transfers, insider trading losses are also covered. On the other hand, the Specie coverage kicks in whenever there is a physical damage or theft or private key data in cold storage. As Martin explained:
“Crime policies would not generally cover the costs of incident response, PR costs, etc. Crime policies also don’t generally cover failures of the underlying currency (e.g. 51% attacks). Coverage for hot wallet exposures are also significantly more expensive than cover for cold storage alone.”He also had plenty to say about why is insurance important for crypto companies and what it should cover.
"Companies should focus on insurance for value in flight. This means that exchanges and wallets should have sufficient Crime coverage to fully cover their hot wallets (including enough buffer to handle asset price spikes)," Martin added.He concluded with a statement in which he said that Coinbase is working with regulators and insurers to create more insurance solutions in different areas.
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