A cryptocurrency fund supervisor has been charged in a U.S. federal courtroom. He allegedly took over $5 million from buyers eager about investing in his crypto funds, promising them excessive returns. In actuality, he was working a Ponzi scheme and is now dealing with as much as 30 years in jail.
Crypto Fund Manager Arrested for Running a Ponzi Scheme
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced Tuesday that Jeremy Spence has been arrested and charged in Manhattan federal courtroom in a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme. The 24-year-old from Bristol, Rhode Island, is also referred to as “Coin Signals.”
Spence is “a cryptocurrency dealer who solicited funds for varied cryptocurrency funds that he operated, with commodities fraud and wire fraud offenses,” the DOJ described, including:
Spence took cryptocurrency value over $5 million from greater than 170 particular person buyers after making false representations in reference to these cryptocurrency funds.
U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss defined that the defendant “allegedly lured buyers to his cryptocurrency funding rip-off by touting returns of as much as 148%.” However, his funding swimming pools persistently misplaced cash.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney additional detailed that Spence allegedly “used cash from new buyers to repay others in an effort to hold his plan transferring — a typical marker of a Ponzi scheme.”
According to the Justice Department, from November 2017 by April 2019, Spence solicited buyers for a number of cryptocurrency funding funds that he had created and managed. Investors “would switch cryptocurrency, equivalent to bitcoin and ethereum,” to him to spend money on the funds for them. The DOJ elaborated:
The largest and most energetic of which have been the Coin Signals Bitmex Fund, a/okay/a the ‘CS Mex Fund,’ the Coin Signals Alternative Fund, a/okay/a the ‘CS Alt Fund,’ and the Coin Signals Long Term Fund.
Spence is charged with one depend of commodities fraud, which carries a most sentence of 10 years in jail, and one depend of wire fraud, which carries a most sentence of 20 years in jail.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has additionally filed a federal civil enforcement motion in opposition to Spence, charging him with fraud for working the Ponzi scheme.
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