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US SEC Imposes $250,000 Penalty Fine, Requires Return of up to $13M for Unregistered ICO


The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a settlement with New York-based startup Blockchain of Things Inc. (BCOT) for conducting an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO).
On Dec. 18, the SEC announced in a press release that the charges were settled in the form of an order that requires BCOT to cease and desist from committing any violation of the registration provisions of the federal securities laws. The blockchain company also agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty, without admitting or denying the findings.
According to the SEC’s order, BCOT raised nearly $13 million while conducting an unregistered ICO to develop and implement a blockchain-based platform that allowed for third-party developers to build applications for message transmission, digital asset generation, and digital asset transfer.
BCOT will need to return the $13 million raised funds “to those investors who purchased tokens in the ICO and request a return of the funds.” How many investors will make such a request remains to be seen. BCOT tokens are not currently trading on any exchanges.
The SEC further explained that the company will also “register its tokens as securities pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and will file required periodic reports with the Commission.”
The SEC found that BCOT failed to register its ICO in accordance with federal securities laws, nor did it qualify for an exemption from registration requirements. Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Carolyn M. Welshhans explained:
“BCOT did not provide ICO investors with the information they were entitled to receive in connection with a securities offering. We will continue to consider appropriate remedies, such as those in today’s order, to provide investors with compensation and required information and to provide companies who conducted unregistered offerings with an opportunity to move forward in compliance with the federal securities laws.”

first seen on cointelegraph.

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