Whistleblower News: SEC Charges Eleven Individuals In $300M Crypto Pyramid Scheme, Multimillion $ PPP Loan Fraud Scheme, Robinhood’s Crypto Division Fined $30M, AG James, Urges New Yorkers Deceived By Crypto Platforms To Report Concerns

SEC Charges Eleven Individuals in $300 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme


The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged 11 individuals for their roles in creating and promoting Forsage, a fraudulent crypto pyramid and Ponzi scheme that raised more than $300 million from millions of retail investors worldwide, including in the United States. Those charged include the four founders of Forsage, who were last known to be living in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and Indonesia, as well as three U.S.-based promoters engaged by the founders to endorse Forsage on its website and social media platforms, and several members of the so-called Crypto Crusaders—the largest promotional group for the scheme that operated in the United States from at least five different states. read more »

Third Defendant Pleads Guilty to Multimillion Dollar Tax Fraud Scheme Involving Professional Athletes and a PPP Loan Fraud Scheme


A California man pleaded guilty today to conspiring with others in schemes to defraud the IRS and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a federal loans initiative designed to help businesses pay their employees and meet expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more »

Robinhood’s crypto division fined $30 million by New York financial regulator


The New York State Department of Financial Services announced on Tuesday it has issued a $30 million penalty against Robinhood’s crypto division. read more »

Attorney General James Urges New Yorkers Deceived by Crypto Platforms to Report Concerns to OAG


New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued an investor alert urging any New Yorker deceived or affected by the cryptocurrency crash to contact her office. Many high-profile cryptocurrency businesses have frozen customer withdrawals, announced mass layoffs, or filed for bankruptcy, while investors have been left in financial ruin. As part of the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) ongoing investigative work, OAG is interested in hearing from New York investors who have been locked out of their accounts, who are unable to access their investments, or who have been deceived about their cryptocurrency investments. New Yorkers who have been affected by this conduct are strongly encouraged to report these issues to OAG. Attorney General James also encourages workers in the cryptocurrency industry who may have witnessed misconduct or fraud to file a whistleblower complaint with her office, which can be done anonymously. read more »