• The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued Internet personality Jake Paul for allegedly illegally promoting cryptocurrencies tied to Justin Sun without disclosing he was being paid to do so.
• Paul settled the charges and is one of a cast of celebrities the SEC charged with participating in a scheme to illegally promote Sun-tied cryptos.
• This isn’t the first time that Paul’s crypto escapades have been scrutinized as he was previously sued for allegedly participating in a pump-and-dump scheme run by SafeMoon.
SEC Sues Jake Paul
The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued Internet personality Jake Paul for allegedly illegally promoting cryptocurrencies tied to Justin Sun without disclosing he was being paid to do so.
Paul settled the charges, making him one of a cast of celebrities the SEC charged with participating in a scheme to illegally promote Sun-tied cryptos.
Previous Crypto Scrutiny
This isn’t the first time that Paul’s crypto escapades have been scrutinized as he was previously sued for allegedly participating in a pump-and-dump scheme run by SafeMoon. His brother, Logan, also raised eyebrows with his failed nFT project CryptoZoo.
Celebrities Promoting Cryptos
The SEC alleges that Paul and other celebrities did not disclose they were paid to promote Sun-linked assets, which is an illegal practice according to securities laws. The YouTuber-turned boxer is among those accused of doing this, although it appears only he has settled the charges thus far .
Other Legal Troubles
Besides Jake Paul’s legal troubles concerning cryptocurrency investments, his company Block (SQ) is currently facing criticism from short seller Hindenburg Research over “wildly” overstating user counts while understating customer acquisition costs .
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• Bitcoin (BTC) is hovering around $25,000 after reaching a nine-month high of about $26,500.
• The rise of the world’s largest cryptocurrency came minutes after the release of U.S. Consumer Price Index data.
• BTC had gained double digits for two consecutive days before fading late and trading below $25K.
Bitcoin Hits 9-Month High
Bitcoin (BTC) is hovering around $25,000 after reaching a nine-month high on Tuesday at about $26,500. The rise of the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market value came minutes after the U.S. Consumer Price Index was released. BTC had surged to a 9-month high above $26,500 before retreating again and trading below $25K.
Inflation Data Boosts Crypto Markets
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their February consumer price index (CPI), which showed inflation declining to 6% from January’s 6.4% reading and the core rate increasing by 0.5%. This mildly encouraging data boosted crypto markets as bitcoin rose above $26,000 on Tuesday for the first time in nine months before losing some of its gains later on in the day.
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• Lido’s LDO token sank 10% following rumors that the SEC had delivered a Wells Notice to decentralized staking service.
• Crypto podcaster David Hoffman spread and then retracted a rumor that the SEC had served Lido with a Wells Notice.
• A spokesperson for Lido declined to comment on whether the protocol had received a notice.
Lido’s LDO Token Sinks 10%
Crypto podcaster David Hoffman spread (and then retracted) a rumor that the SEC had delivered a Wells Notice to the decentralized staking service, resulting in an immediate 10% drop in the value of Lido’s native token, LDO. A spokesperson for Lido declined to comment on whether the protocol had received such notice.
What is a Wells Notice?
A Wells Notice is a letter from the SEC detailing charges it is considering bringing against a recipient. On Friday, Hoffman said that he’d heard Lido and other crypto projects had been served with Wells Notices, an assertion he later retracted.
Rumors Spark Panic on Crypto Twitter
The rumors sparked panic on Crypto Twitter, and quickly spread across ETHDenver – one of the year’s largest crypto industry gatherings – which was taking place at the time. The rumors would suggest that the SEC is ramping up scrutiny of Ethereum and crypto staking services in general.
Hoffman Retracts His Comments
Hoffman described his comments as “a miscommunication between me and a lawyer friend”, and soon after his video spread on Twitter, he backtracked stating “the idea of a mass recent carpet bomb isn’t correct.”
Lido Spokesperson Declines To Comment
A spokesperson for Lido declined to comment on whether or not they have received such notice from the SEC.