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美国证券交易委员会指控圣地亚哥投资者进行加密采矿诈骗

2020-1-10 16:46

 

美国证券交易委员会(SEC)指控圣地亚哥一家投资基金的所有者实施了一项欺诈性的密码挖掘计划,据称该计划骗取了投资者350万美元。现年60岁的唐纳德•布莱克斯塔德(Donald Blakstad)还被控发行和出售未经注册的证券。


除了这些指控,检方还指控这名男子使用精心设计的策略,以承诺从他们在一家石油和替代能源资源公司的投资中获得巨额回报,以及他的比特币矿池,来引诱至少14名受害者。

 

今天公布的文件称,从2015年7月到2019年5月,被告经营ESI,这是一个欺诈计划,诱使用户投资,换取所谓的加密货币池的股份。Blakstad还是Midcontinental Petroleum Inc.和Xact Holdings的所有者和负责人。Midcontinental Petroleum Inc.投资于石油和天然气行业,Xact Holdings是为了收购加拿大一家工业车辆零部件制造商而成立的公司。


尽管他对投资者招募新参与者的行为予以了奖励,但证交会将这些实体描述为羽翼未丰、几乎没有实际业务、盈利前景渺茫的公司。

 

投资者为从未存在过的矿商买单


美国证交会进一步解释称,布莱克斯塔德向投资者发送了一封电子邮件,声称ESI“为加密货币挖掘开发了一个世界级的数据中心”。他利用虚拟货币带来的快速致富的诱惑来欺骗投资者,声称采矿活动“为那些希望在加密货币开采领域进行大规模投资的人提供了一个独特的机会”。


Blakstad还通过出售代表他建立的公司股票的投资合同来实施欺诈。他进一步表示,“我们为投资者提供购买采矿设备并将其租回ESI的能力。或对该公司进行股权投资。


结果,许多投资者为从未存在过的计算能力买单。相反,Blakstad用他的游泳池的钱来支付他的个人开支,包括现金提取、酒店、赌场和餐厅的费用,以及其他个人物品的付款。


现在,该机构想要的是惩罚,非法所得的回收,以及永久性的禁令,尽管无法保证偿还受害者。


如果被判犯有电信欺诈罪,布拉克斯塔德可能面临最高20年的监禁和100万美元的罚款,而出售未经注册的证券最多可面临5年监禁和25万美元的财政罚款。

 

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a San Diego investment fund owner with running a fraudulent crypto mining scheme that allegedly defrauded investors out of $3.5 million. Donald Blakstad, 60, is also charged with offering and selling unregistered securities.

 

On top of these charges, prosecutors accused the man of deploying elaborate tactics to lure at least 14 victims with promises of large returns on their investments in an oil and alternative energy resources company, as well as his Bitcoin mining pool.


Documents shared today allege that from July 2015 through May 2019, the defendant operated ESI, a fraudulent scheme that enticed users to invest in exchange for shares of purported cryptocurrency mining pools. Blakstad was also the owner and principal of Midcontinental Petroleum Inc., which invests in the oil and gas industry, and Xact Holdings, a company formed to acquire a Canadian manufacturer of industrial vehicle components.

 

While he rewarded investors for recruiting new participants, the SEC describes these entities as fledgling companies with little to no actual business operations and few prospects for profitable operations.


investors paid for miners that never existed

 

The SEC further explains that Blakstad sent an email to investors alleging that ESI “developed a world-class data center for crypto currency mining.” He used the lure of quick riches from virtual currency to defraud investors, alleging that the mining operation “offers a unique opportunity for people looking to make large investments in the crypto currency mining space.”

 

Blakstad also carried out the fraud by selling investment contracts that represented shares in the companies he established to mine for cryptocurrency. He further stated that “we offer investors the ability to purchase the mining equipment and lease back to ESI. Or to make an equity investment in the Company,” the SEC said in the complaint.

 

As a result, many investors paid for computing power that never existed. Instead, Blakstad spent his pool’s monies to pay for his personal expenses, including cash withdrawals, hotel, casino and restaurant expenses, and payments for other personal items.

 

Now, the agency wants penalties, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and permanent injunctions, although there is no guarantee for paying back victims.

 

If convicted with wire fraud, Blakstad could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, while selling unregistered securities carries a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fiscal penalty.

原作者: Aziz Abdel-Qader 来自: finance magnates