ICObox Busted: US SEC Charges ICO Incubator and Founder for Unregistered Offering and Broker Activity

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov for both a $14 million token sale (or securities offering according to SEC) and for acting as unregistered brokers for other digital asset offerings.  And The SEC is not pulling any punches – it seeks injunctive relief, disgorgement with prejudgment interest and civil money penalties.

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“By ignoring the registration requirements of the federal securities laws, ICOBox and Evdokimov exposed investors to investments, which are now virtually worthless, without providing information that is critical to making informed investment decisions,” said Michele Wein Layne, Regional Director of the Los Angeles Regional Office.

The SEC complaint notes ICOBox raised funds in 2017 to develop a platform for initial coin offerings by selling, in an unregistered offering, roughly $14.6 million of “ICOS” tokens to over 2,000 investors.

According to the SEC, ICOBox claimed that proceeds from the ICOS ICO would be used to help defray the costs of ICOBox’s services to users who could not afford them and that ICOS tokens were valuable because of the management efforts of ICOBox. The SEC acknowledged in its complaint that the enterprise has helped 30 clients issue digital tokens, raising over USD $650 million from investors; one of the clients assisted by ICOBox was Paragon Coin, which previously settled another SEC enforcement action for engaging in its own unregistered ICO.

According to the complaint, the ICOS tokens are virtually worthless.  The complaint further alleges that ICOBox failed to register as a broker but acted as one by facilitating initial coin offerings that raised more than $650 million for dozens of clients.

The SEC’s complaint charges ICOBox and Evdokimov with violating the registration requirements of the federal securities laws and seeks injunctive relief, disgorgement with prejudgment interest, and civil money penalties.

The SEC’s investigation was conducted by Brent W. Wilner and was supervised by Victoria A. Levin, Alka N. Patel, and Ms. Layne of the Los Angeles Regional Office.  The litigation is being conducted by Amy J. Longo of the Los Angeles Regional Office.

It’s not the first time there’s been trouble. On March 20, 2018, Evdokimov-owned Cryptonomos had a lawsuit filed against them for securities fraud – American investors considered that they were deceived by $ 20 million.

Russian media claims he stole millions in Russia before moving to Hollywood in the USA and entering the ICO arena and projects Icobox, Cryptonomos and Decenturion.

 

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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