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FinCEN Chief: US Will Strictly Enforce Anti-Money Laundering In Crypto

The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Kenneth Blanco said that Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws will be strictly enforced in the world of cryptocurrencies. On Nov. 15, Reuters reported that Blanco made it crystal clear that cryptocurrency companies engaged in money service businesses will have to comply with AML laws and share information …

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Netherlands: Police Arrest Founder of Blockchain Startup That Raised Over $80M

Dutch police have arrested the founder of blockchain game development startup Komodore64 that allegedly raised 78 million euros ($86 million) from investors, business-focused news outlet Sprout reported on Nov.  Komodore64 — which launched in June with the objective to create a game platform where transactions are tracked on blockchain — appeared to be a fraudulent …

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Hong Kong Regulator to Unveil New Cryptocurrency Exchange Rules

Hong Kong’s financial regulator — the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) — will publish a new set of regulations for Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrency exchanges today. The news, reported by Reuters on Nov. 6, was announced by Chief Executive Ashley Alder at a local fintech event.  Regulatory clarity for crypto exchanges operating in Hong Kong …

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New Official Register in San Marino Recognizes and Regulates Blockchain Firms

The Republic of San Marino has officially adopted the Register of Blockchain Entities, inviting companies in the industry to apply for certification. Companies can apply for blockchain certification online The project was initiated by San Marino’s fully state-owned tech innovation company, the Institute for Innovation of the Republic of San Marino, Cointelegraph Italia reports Oct. …

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NY Court Orders Veritaseum to Pay Back $8 Million From Illegal ICO

The CEO of Delaware-registered blockchain firm Veritaseum LLC and New York-registered Veritaseum Inc., Reggie Middleton, was ordered to pay $8.4 million in disgorgement, according to a new court order. Additionally, Middleton is liable for a civil penalty of $1 million, fintech publication FinanceFeeds reported on Nov. 1, citing a court order issued on Oct. 31. …

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Crypto Capital Exec Indicted on Three Criminal Counts in NY Court

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has indicted Crypto Capital executive Oz Yosef on three criminal counts. An Oct. 23 court filing obtained by Cointelegraph confirmed that Oz Yosef has been indicted by U.S. authorities on conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money …

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US Court Orders Dark Web Drug Dealer to Forfeit $150K in Bitcoin

A United States court has ordered Christopher Bania, who recently pleaded guilty to drug distribution, to give up almost 17 Bitcoin (BTC) — worth roughly $150,000 at press time. The plea, order and sentencing Per the Oct. 19 order from a court in Wisconsin, Bania will need to forfeit “Approximately 16.91880054 Bitcoin seized from Bania’s …

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After 6 Hours of Zuckerberg Testimony, Congress Still Hates Libra

Yesterday, Oct. 23, Cointelegraph reported from the United States House of Representatives as the Financial Services Committee questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for over six hours. While focused on the Libra Association and its planned Libra token, the hearing expanded to touch on a wide range of concerns and controversies surrounding Facebook.  The hearing was …

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Would Leave Libra if It Launched Too Early

Facebook could withdraw from the Libra Association — the governing body of the eponymous stablecoin project — should it launch without approval from regulators in the United States.  Libra could lose its primary member In a Congressional hearing on Oct. 23, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg reiterated the company’s commitment to not launch its …

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Updating Live: Zuckerberg Hearings Before Congress on Libra

Disclaimer: This article will be updating live for the duration of the Oct. 23 hearing. Please check in for the latest from the hearing. In Advance: In a much-anticipated meeting of politics and tech, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally made his way to United States regulators. He will be testifying before the House Financial …

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