The U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee has frozen the property of Digital Licensing Inc., a crypto mining agency allegedly concerned in fraud.
In an emergency transfer announced Thursday, the SEC additionally obtained a restraining order in opposition to the Utah-based firm, which does enterprise as DEBT Field.
The regulator stated it additionally took motion in opposition to Digital Licensing’s 4 principals—Jason Anderson, his brother Jacob Anderson, Schad Brannon, and Roydon Nelson—and 13 different defendants, alleging that their “fraudulent scheme” had raised $50 million and unspecified quantities of Bitcoin and Ethereum.
“We allege that DEBT Field and its principals lied to traders about nearly each materials facet of their unregistered providing of securities, together with by falsely stating that they have been engaged in crypto asset mining,” Tracy S. Combs, Director of the SEC’s Salt Lake Regional Workplace Tracy S. Combs stated.
The criticism alleged that the defendants “misappropriated” the funds raised “shopping for luxurious automobiles and houses, taking lavish holidays, and showering themselves and their buddies with money.”
The SEC additional alleged that DEBT Field advised traders through “a whole lot of on-line movies and social media posts” and at occasions that its crypto mining exercise would generate “exorbitant beneficial properties for traders”—however the node licenses have been a “sham.”
The SEC charged a complete of 18 defendants for promoting unregistered securities choices.
It additionally charged DEBT Field, Jason Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Brannon, Nelson, Franklin, Western Oil, and Bowen with violations of the antifraud provisions of the federal securities legal guidelines.
And it hit Jason Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Brannon, Nelson, Bowen, Mark Schuler, Benjamin Daniels, Joseph Martinez, Travis Flaherty, Brendon Stangis, Matthew Fritzsche, B & B Funding Group, LLC, and iX International, LLC with appearing as unregistered brokers.
The SEC seeks everlasting injunctive reduction, the return of alleged ill-gotten beneficial properties, and civil penalties, in keeping with its assertion.