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SEC Continues Crackdown on Initial Coin Offering Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has continued to prioritize ICO fraud in recent enforcement actions. In today's action against Tomahawk Exploration LCC and its founder David Laurance, the SEC pointed to the danger of traditional fraud schemes, such as a oil and gas investment schemes, dressed up as an ICO. As a result of the SEC's enforcement action, Laurance consented to a permanent officer and director bar, penny stock bar, and a $30,000 penalty. 

New federal task force to target financial crimes against consumers

Trump administration spokespersons say that labeling federal regulators as being progressively softer and unattuned to financial wrongdoing committed against American consumers is an unfair criticism. As a recent Wall Street Journal article notes, they counter that they are pursuing a strategy that emphasizes “punishment of bad actors even as it pursues deregulatory policies welcomed by the financial industry.”

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