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OneCoin's Former Legal Head Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Money Laundering
Irina Dilkinska, former OneCoin legal head, has admitted to wire fraud and money laundering charges in the cryptocurrency pyramid scheme, facing a potential ten-year prison term, while co-founder Ruja Ignatova remains fugitive.

Helium's HNT Token Lists on SwissBorg
The Helium Foundation has listed its HNT token on SwissBorg, expanding the Helium Network's reach to over 700,000 users, promoting decentralization and accessibility.

CEO of IcomTech Pleads Guilty in Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme
Marco Ruiz Ochoa, former CEO of IcomTech, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in a large-scale cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme. The company falsely promised high returns on cryptocurrency investments and used promotional tactics to lure victims. Ochoa now faces up to 20 years in prison.

Co-Founder of AirBit Club Sentenced to 12 Years for Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme
Pablo Renato Rodriguez, co-founder of AirBit Club, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for orchestrating a global cryptocurrency pyramid scheme. Co-defendants await sentencing, and the group has been ordered to forfeit approximately $100 million in assets.

Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Bitcoin from Silk Road
James Zhong, who stole more than 51,680 Bitcoin from Silk Road in 2012, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for wire fraud charges. The Bitcoin was worth roughly $3.4 billion at the time of its seizure in November 2021.

Happy Holidays for the TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 Season 3 Winners
There were 1185 participants in Season 3 of the TRON Grand Hackathon 2022, who formed 272 teams that submitted projects in one of six tracks: Web3, DeFi, NFT, GameFi, Ecosystem, and TRON Academy.

MEXC Global Enables Crypto Purchases with Zero Transaction Fees via Fedwire, SWIFT
MEXC Global has permitted purchases that attract zero transaction fees through SWIFT and Fedwire to boost the globalisation of cryptocurrency trading.

LimeWire to Debut Music NFTs in Partnership With UMG
LimeWire has tapped Universal Music Group to roll out exclusive music-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Digital Payment Platform Wirex Expands Wallet Offerings with NFT Functionality
The new feature is set to enable Wirex users globally to track NFT collections while accessing their digital asset holdings.

Defunct File Sharing Network LimeWire to Make a Comeback as NFT Marketplace
LimeWire, the controversial file-sharing network that closed down back in 2010 is relaunching this May, but as a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace

Payments Firm Wirex Integrates Avalanche Blockchain into Ecosystem for 4.5M Users
Regulated digital payments platform, Wirex, has integrated the Avalanche Blockchain into its network as it continues on its planned growth trajectory.

Looking into Fake Press Release on Bitcoin Cash Partnership: Ohio’s Kroger
Kroger has announced that it is looking into how fake news announced a partnership between the US major retail company and Bitcoin Cash cryptocurrency.

Walmart Clarifies False report, Not Accepting any Litecoin for Payment
On Monday, retailer Walmart issued a clarification to debunk a false report concerning a partnership between Walmart and Litecoin (LTC). Walmart stated that it has no relationship with Litecoin.

Two US Nationals Charged With SIM-Swap Cryptocurrency Theft
Federal prosecutors have charged two US citizens with a SIM swap and phishing scam that led to a theft of over $16,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

Mastercard VP On Blockchain, Digital Assets and CBDC: “Everything Ends in Transactions and Payments”
Ashok Venkateswaran, Mastercard’s Blockchain and Digital Assets Lead, Asia Pacific shares insights on the payment giant's new blockchain and digital initiatives.

Crypto Token Backed by $25M Diamond Ponzi Scam Flagged by DoJ
The US Department of Justice charged a Florida native with wire fraud, for soliciting investors in a diamond-backed cryptocurrency Ponzi and investment scam.

US Sanctions Crypto Addresses of Russian Hackers Accused of Running Presidential Election Interference
The US has released a sanctions list of Russians and their crypto addresses, under allegations that they have been interfering with the presidential election.

Wirex Moves on From Defunct Wirecard, Secures New Partnership with Railsbank
Crypto service provider Wirex has moved on from Wirecard,. The company has secured a new partnership with Railsbank

PlexCoin Founder Indicted by US Grand Jury for 2017 ICO Securities Fraud
A United States grand jury indictment has been delivered to Plexcoin founder, Dominic Lacroix, as well as Yan Ouellet and Sabrina Paradis-Royer for securities and wire fraud, and conspiracy to launder money, according to the DOJ.

Wanted Wirecard Exec Marsalek Hiding in Russia After Moving Funds in Bitcoin
Former Wirecard Chief Operating Officer Jan Marsalek used Bitcoin to move funds to Russia where he is now in hiding under the supervision of Russian intelligence operatives, according to a Russian media outlet.

Credit Giant MasterCard Grants Wirex First Principal Membership License
Wirex has become the first native cryptocurrency platform to be granted a principal membership license from credit giant Mastercard as part of their accelerated expansion into digital assets.

Russian Intelligence are Hiding Embezzler and Former Wirecard COO in Belarus
Jan Marsalek promptly disappeared shortly after undertaking an investigation for the Wirecard missing funds - which he claimed would clear him of any wrongdoing. However, new evidence suggests that he never made it to the Philippines at all, but has been in hiding with the help of the FSB, a Russian intelligence agency.

DOJ Extradites Bitcoin Thief From Cyprus Along With Hezbollah Terrorist
The US Department of Justice has extradited two criminals from Cyprus—one with known connections to terrorism and the other on suspicion of stealing thousands in Bitcoin.

New York Man Charged with Defrauding Investors $4.5 Million in Cryptocurrency Investment Scheme
A New York man has been charged in US federal court with defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in crypto assets that he used on offshore gambling sites. A criminal complaint was filed on July 9, and the US Attorney’s Office charged Douglas Jae Woo Kim, 27 years old, with wire fraud in which he allegedly conned three investors out of over $4.5 million of Ethereum and Bitcoin.

Romanian Programmer Confesses to Orchestrating BitClub Crypto Scam Worth $722 Million
Silviu Catalin Balaci, a 35-year old Romanian citizen living in Germany, has owned up to helping create BitClub Network, a crypto mining Ponzi scheme that siphoned off investors’ funds worth $722 million.

Crypto Debit Card Services Hit Hard as UK Financial Watchdog Suspends Wirecard Subsidiary
United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has suspended Wirecard Card Solution Ltd, the Wirecard’s subsidiary responsible for the issuance of Visa crypto debit cards.

Crypto Debit Card Issuer Wirecard Missing Over $2 Billion in Cash as Auditor Raises Questions
Wirecard announced that it is missing $2.1 billion after auditors Ernst & Young raised questions.

JP Morgan Chase to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Wrongfully Incurred Crypto Charges
JPMorgan Chase has settled a lawsuit over unannounced changes made to the fee structure applied to crypto transactions using its credit cards in 2018. The American bank agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding its decision made in 2018 to treat cryptocurrency purchases with Chase credit cards as cash advances, ensuing in higher fees. However, JPMorgan is not admitting to any wrong-doing as part of the deal.

Crypto & the FATF Travel Rule: FinCEN Suggests Challenges in Governance, Not Technology
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Travel Rule has been in the center of attention lately, which concerns crypto transactions above a certain amount must be accompanied by identifying information.The rule is an update to the existing FATF Recommendation 16, regarding cross-border and domestic wire transfers, and is intended to address the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT) challenges as crypto adoption increases. The FATF Travel Rule could mean implications for virtual asset service providers (VASPs), including cryptocurrency exchanges, wallet providers, and custodians.

Line’s Singapore Crypto Exchange Relaunched as US-based Bitfront
Line, the Japanese messaging service has closed its Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange and relaunched the exchange service globally from a United States-based platform.

Blockchain-Powered Devices to be Worth More Than $23.5 Billion by 2030 According to Business Intelligence Firm
According to a market research report availed by P&S Intelligence, a business intelligence consulting services firm, the worldwide blockchain devices market was worth $0.3 billion in 2019 but is expected to surpass $23.5 billion by 2030.

Alternatives of USDT Gained Wider Merchant Access including Microsoft
Currently, BitPay supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ether Payments. As of recent, the blockchain payment processor will now accept Circle USD, Gemini Dollar, and Paxos Standard Token.

Two Massachusetts Men Arrested And Charged To US Court For Supposed Social Media Frauds And Crypto Theft
Two Massachusetts men had been arrested and charged to court on account of stealing victims' social media accounts and cryptocurrency through swapping their sims, hacking their computers, and other nameless techniques.

Huobi Announces Plan To Launch A Fiat Gateway For Turkish Users
At the Eurasia Blockchain Summit Istanbul, Huobi Global declared its ambition to launch a crypto trading platform for Turkey users which will start with Turkish Lira (TRY) / paring and which they hope will enable users to exchange more crypto assets with greater liquidity.