SEC Indicts California Man for $3.6 Million Crypto Fraud

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has busted another allegedly fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme as it recently charged Ryan Ginster for conducting two unregistered and fraudulent securities offerings. He raised more than $3.6 million in cryptocurrencies from retail investors, the agency announced on Friday.

According to the regulatory complaint, the California resident raised the proceeds between 2018 and 2021 through two online platforms, and Social Profimatic. He promised astronomical returns to the investors, claiming he would invest the funds in ‘cryptocurrency trading and advertising arbitrage’.

He, however, deceived investors about the utilization of the raised funds and misappropriated almost $1 million of the raised funds for paying personal expenses, including tax payments, housing expenses, and credit card bills.

The commission charged Ginster for violating the anti-fraud and registration provisions and is now seeking permanent injunctions, disgorgement with prejudgment interest, and civil penalties.

“Defendant Ryan Ginster allegedly engaged in a fraudulent scheme raising millions in cryptocurrency using online investment programs and then converted the cryptocurrency for his own benefit,” said Michele Wein Layne, Regional Director of the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office. 

“Individuals who hide behind the anonymity of cryptocurrency transactions to defraud investors should expect that the SEC will trace their illegal activity and hold them accountable for their actions.”

Investment Frauds Are Rampant

Meanwhile, the SEC actively continued to bust the fraudulent investment schemes that are duping investors for millions of dollars. Most recently, the commission filed for enforcement action against Mirror Protocol cryptocurrency developer company for the alleged violation of the federal securities laws.

Last month, the SEC and the CFTC separately indicted SwapStar and its operator for fraudulent solicitation and fund misappropriation that mostly operated as a Ponzi scheme.

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