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ICO fraudster pleads guilty to $7m Covid-relief loan scam

An ICO fraudster spent more than $7 million in fraudulently obtained covid relief on luxury personal expenses, including a Rolex, a luxury apartment, and a new Mercedes. A 24-year-old New York resident has pleaded guilty to acquiring more than $7 million in Covid-19 relief through fraudulent loan applications and misleading investors in a fraudulent initial coin offering during 2018. According to an April 20 announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Taiwanese national, Justin Cheng — also known as “Justin Jung” — Cheng submitted a series of online loan applications…

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The Ternoa Blockchain (CAPS) Unveils SecretNFT, Its NFT Platform

The Ternoa Blockchain has just unveiled the alpha version of its SecretNFT Marketplace, a platform entirely dedicated to non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The platform, which uses Ternoa’s own CAPS token, comes with many features to promote its adoption among artists and lovers of NFTs. Ternoa launches its NFT platform, SecretNFT The Ternoa Blockchain has just unveiled the first version of its SecretNFT Marketplace, a new platform entirely dedicated to NFTs. The NFT marketplace allows artists to issue authenticated digital artworks in a single edition. Ternoa’s platform boasts a number of innovations,…

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Crypto Fraud Reports in South Korea Surged Over 41% in 2020, Says Financial Watchdog

Although bitcoin prices plummeted over the weekend, the overall bull-run remains alive, as well as the crypto-related fraud cases in South Korea. The latest figures by the domestic financial watchdog show that such incidents are still on the rise. Police to Dedicate a Special Unit to Investigate Crypto Frauds According to Asia Kyungjae, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) revealed that crypto fraud reports skyrocketed by over 41.6% yearly. The statistics from the FSS from January to October 2020 show that the 41,6% increase belongs to 555 cases of suspicious transactions.…

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Hegic Protocol announces ‘gradual’ governance launch for long-term users

Hegic will reward long-term traders, LPs, hodlers, and Discord users with its forthcoming governance token. Decentralized finance protocol Hegic has announced a soft governance launch designed to reward its long-term users. According to an April 19 announcement, Hegic intends to reward its most loyal users with its new gHEGIC governance token, straying from the public airdrops and yield farming campaigns that have become a popular means to distribute governance in the DeFi sector. Users hodling gHEGIC will be able to vote in future Hegic Improvement Proposals. Hegic is a decentralized…

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MakerDAO moves to expand collateral assets and upgrade liquidation engine

The new liquidation engine has been designed to offer Maker’s users greater predictability and security. Decentralized lending and stablecoin protocol MakerDAO has opened governance voting to allow new tokens as collateral. A number of new collateral types have been proposed for MakerDAO, potentially increasing the number of digital assets that can now be used to mint its stablecoin, DAI. Voting began on April 19 and will run for fourteen days. Seven tokens have been suggested as collateral for the Maker, including Moss Carbon Credit (MCO2), Rocket Pool’s staked Ethereum (rETH),…

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Nigeria Money Printing Controvesy: CBN Governor’s Remarks Attacked, Government Denies It Financed Deficit via Money Printing

The fallout sparked by reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) printed over $150 million for states’ funding continued a few days after the allegations were initially made. In the latest twist, the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vice-chairman Dan Orbih said the CBN governor Godwin Emefiele’s response to the allegations is “politically motivated.” Money Printing Unsustainable In his riposte, Orbih is quoted by a local news site suggesting that “if drastic measures were not taken to address the situation” then the country might be headed for a worse…

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Institutional XRP inflows surge as AUM nearly doubles

Institutional investors have rallied around XRP and other altcoins this past week, with nearly $33 million being injected in XRP investment products. Institutional investors have rallied around XRP this past week, with the assets under management, or AUM, or XRP investment products nearly doubling. According to CoinShares’ weekly digital asset fund flows report, roughly $33 million flowed into XRP products this week, pushing the sector’s AUM up to $83 million. The report describes the week as the most bullish for institutional crypto products since early March, with $233 million injected…

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2 Cents per Kilowatt Hour: Bitfarms to Launch a 210 MW Bitcoin Mining Operation in Argentina

The Canadian publicly traded bitcoin mining company Bitfarms has announced a deal that will see the company developing a 210 megawatt (MW) mining farm in Argentina. Bitfarms says that the company was able to secure a low electricity rate at $0.02 per kWh during the contractual period. Argentine-Based Bitcoin Mining Facility Aims to Acquire 210 MW of Power The company Bitfarms (TSXV:BITF, OTC:BFARF) has announced the firm is expanding to South America, as it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding in order to build a 210 MW bitcoin mining…

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Bitcoin bears have a $340M lead heading into Friday’s BTC options expiry

$1.55 billion in Bitcoin options are set to expire on April 23 and the recent BTC crash to $51,000 has given bears a $340 million advantage. Bitcoin (BTC) price is making a slow recovery after facing a sharp 16% correction in the early hours of April 18. While some analysts blame a 9,000 BTC deposit at Binance, others focused on the hashrate drop caused by a coal mining accident in China. Regardless of the reason behind the $51,200 low, options market makers were forced to adjust their exposure. Typically, arbitrage…

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Former Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks to Lead Binance’s US Trading Platform

A former top regulator and acting head of the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, Brian Brooks has been appointed the CEO of crypto exchange Binance.us. Brooks will lead the exchange on May 1st and replace the company’s current lead, Catherine Coley. Binance has hired an individual with ties to Washington, as the company’s American trading platform Binance.us will have Brian Brooks lead the exchange. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Alexander Osipovich, the former acting boss of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will join the exchange…

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