Hollywood Producer Raises $100 Million for Media-Focused Security Token

Proxima Media, a firm founded by film producer Ryan Kavanaugh, has raised $100 million for a token that allows investment in media content. The new token, called Proxicoin, received the notable backing from VC firms Step Ventures and the Central Wealth Investment Fund of Hong Kong, Proxima announced Thursday. Proxicoin is built on the ethereum blockchain and allows fractional ownership of film, television, music and other IP-driven content even for small investors, according to the firm. The “fully audited” token is expected to be listed and traded on Asian cryptocurrency exchange…

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Media Firm Secures $100 Million Investment for Crypto Project

United States-based film producer Ryan Kavanaugh’s Proxima Media has unveiled a $100 million investment for a cryptocurrency-based film funding tool, entertainment industry news outlet TheWrap reported on May 23. Per the report, Proxima Media — which Kavanaugh founded and owns — announced plans for a new crypto-enabled financing tool for film, TV, music and other intellectual property-driven content dubbed Proxicoin. Proxima reportedly received the investment from garment production company Central Wealth Group and venture capital fund Step Ventures. Proxicoin reportedly plans to issue Ethereum-based security tokens that allow holders to…

Brazil Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme That Defrauded 55,000 of $200 Million

Brazillian police have arrested ten people suspected of operating a cryptocurrency pyramid scheme worth 850 million reals ($210 million), local news media outlets including Correido Do Povo reported on May 21. As part of Operation Egypto, a swoop dedicated to unearthing unsanctioned financial schemes, Brazil’s tax agency joined police in orchestrating a crackdown on the figures behind Indeal, who they say amassed funds from 55,000 investors. They lured victims with the promise of a 15% payout in the first month after investment in the crypto scheme. In total, the investigation…

Dutch Man Arrested for $111 Million Fake Mining Scheme

On March 21, 2019, Dutch news outlet NL Times reported that “Berry van M.,” a 33-year-old Dutch businessman and the operator of now-defunct trading platform Koinz Trading, has been arrested on charges of deceiving investors with a bogus bitcoin mining scheme. The report claims that van M. was the director of companies that sold “computers for mining Bitcoin” since 2017 and that he “managed the computers in a so-called ‘mining farm.’” He convinced investors that they would receive returns of 0.3 BTC per month. But when the investors did not…

Kraken $10 Million Equity Sale With BnkToTheFuture Seeks to Democratize Access

United States cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is offering equity to users in a fundraiser that raised over $6 million in its first day, statistics confirmed on May 21. Kraken, which is one of the world’s oldest exchanges, is using Cayman Islands-based platform BnkToTheFuture to offer equity to vetted investors. These, it said in an accompanying marketing email seen by Cointelegraph, can be any Kraken user, subject to a minimum purchase of $1000. At press time, Kraken had raised just over €6.04 million ($6.76 million) from almost 300 investors, taking it to…

Police Arrest Dutch Cryptocurrency CEO in Rumored $25 Million Fraud Case

Disclaimer. This article has been updated to change the amount involved in the fraud case, as it was misreported in an English version of a Dutch article on the subject. Dutch police have arrested a former entrepreneur for fraud after alleging he conned investors in a fake bitcoin (BTC) mining operation out of €23 million ($25 million), Dutch daily news outlet De Gelderlander reported on May 21. According to reports, Barry van Mourik, who previously ran another cryptocurrency company also under suspicion, deceived clients into thinking they would earn money from bitcoin mining.…

UK Watchdog Reports $34 Million Lost in Crypto and Forex Scams Last Year

The primary financial regulator of the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), reports that crypto investors in the country lost over $34 million due to cryptocurrency and forex scams from 2018–2019 the Financial Times reports on May 20. According to the data, which the FCA gathered from the U.K. national fraud and cybercrime reporting center, Action Fraud, individual loss due to scams decreased from $76,000 to $18,500 while total losses fell by $14 million. However, the number of reports more than tripled to reach 1,834, with 81 percent of…

Kik CEO Says Firm Spent $5+ Million on Negotiations With US SEC: Report

Ted Livingston, the CEO of Canadian-based messaging startup Kik, told cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk that the company spent over $5 million on ongoing negotiations with the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The news was revealed in a report published on May 16. As Cointelegraph reported at the end of January, the SEC stated that it believes that Kik’s “Token Distribution Event” two years ago violated securities laws when the company raised $97 million during the sale. Following the SEC’s recommendation of an enforcement action in November 2018, Kik was…

Blockchain Sister Startups Allegedly Pull $8 Million Exit Scam

Blockchain startups RepuX and JoyToken have reportedly pulled a joint initial coin offering (ICO) exit scam, according to an exposé by Hard Fork of The Next Web (TNW) on May 16. RepuX and JoyToken reportedly ran their ICO promotions during March and April of 2018, and are now walking away with $4.7 million and $3.3 million, respectively. As far as the startups’ stated plans were concerned, Hard Fork reports: “RepuX claimed that it was trying to build what it called a ‘blockchain-powered data marketplace,’ while JoyToken was trying to create…

Top Banks Alleged to Be Investing $50 Million in Digital Cash Settlement Project

Sources ostensibly familiar with the matter have claimed that some of the world’s leading banks are currently investing around $50 million to build a blockchain-powered digital cash system for transaction settlement. The news was reported by Reuters on May 17. An earlier project for a blockchain-based currency settlement coin was unveiled by Swiss bank UBS Group AG and London-based technology startup Clearmatics at early as 2015, as Cointelegraph reported at the time. One of Reuters’ sources has said that the latest development involves around a dozen major banks investing in…