Former Riot Blockchain CEO, John O’Rourke, may be included as part of a criminal investigation that has been launched by federal authorities in relation to “microcap fraud.” According to a CNBC article, the probe runs parallel with a civil case that the SEC brought against O’Rourke and others who were alleged to be part of “pump and dumps” unrelated to Riot.
Back in September, the SEC charged a group of individuals who allegedly took part in a scheme that resulted in over $27M from illegal stock sales. Based on transcripts of the civil case, the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco will be handling the criminal case. In a comment to CNBC about the probe, cryptocurrency lawyer Jake Zamansky noted that the defendants “have bigger problems than the SEC.”
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