Reining in Crypto

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According to the New York Times, the SEC fined cryptocurrency lending firm Nexo for violating federal securities law. Questions: Source: Yaffe-Bellany, D. (2023) Crypto Lender Nexo Is Fined $45 Million as Crackdown Widens. The New York Times, Jan. 19 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/business/nexo-sec-crypto-fined.html?)

How Common is Securities Fraud?

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According to a new study, ten percent of public companies commit securities fraud each year. Questions: Source: Livni, E. (2023) Just How Common Is Corporate Fraud? The New York Times, Jan. 14 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/14/business/dealbook/how-common-is-corporate-fraud.html?)

Coinbase Reaches a Settlement with New York Regulators

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According to the New York Times, Coinbase, a publicly traded cryptocurrency trading exchange based in the United States, has reached a settlement with financial regulators in New York. Questions: Source: Goldstein, M. and E. Flitter. (2023). Coinbase Reaches $100 Million Settlement With New York Regulators. The New York Times, Jan. 4 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/business/coinbase-settlement-anti-money-laundering.html)

Nikola Fraud Update

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Trevor Milton convicted of securities fraud after 6-year successful stock market run. His company and concept car was all a lie! Questions: Why do, as the article says, “corporate executives tend to portray activist short sellers as vigilantes?”  Related to the first question, what has Nathan Anderson’s firm done in the past several years? Why… Read more »

Nightmare Logistics: Stay Away from this Gold Standard Moving and Storage!

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How would you like your belongings moved across the U.S. only to find that they were auctioned off before you got them back? That’s what some moving customers are finding with a company calling itself Gold Standard Moving and Storage. Questions: According to the video and article what is Gold Standard and their status? Who… Read more »

A $5 Million Fraud Against Hundreds in California Results from Postal Theft and Fraud

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According to the California Attorney General, 56 individuals involved in a scheme resulting in the theft of nearly $5 million from hundreds of people in a widespread mail theft and postal fraud operation. Questions: How many suspects were arrested as part of the fraud? Out of which counties were the suspects operating? What will the… Read more »

Amityville Horror?

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According to Susan Edelman, witnesses in alleged COVID vaccine fraud case have put 82 NYC educators in potential legal danger. Questions: Why are these educators in potential legal danger? Who committed the fraud? What was the amount of ill-gotten gains derived from the fraud? According to the article, what percentage of the COVID vaccines given… Read more »

Unionization Cost Raises at Starbucks?

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According to the Washington Post, Starbucks illegally withheld wages and benefits from thousands of unionized baristas, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleged in a complaint Wednesday. Questions: How many Starbucks locations have voted to join the union? What does the NLRB seek as a result of the complaint? Explain the disparity in wages between… Read more »

Long Awaited Agreement is Only a First Step

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According to Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on Aug. 26, 2022, finally signed an agreement with Chinese authorities that will allow the board to inspect and investigate audit firms based in China and Hong Kong whose clients trade on American exchanges. Questions: When will the PCAOB start inspections? What were… Read more »

Attention Cryptocurrency Investors

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According to the New York Times, the fall in Bitcoin was accelerated in recent weeks by the collapse of two major cryptocurrency projects; this sows doubts about the stability of the overall cryptocurrency market. Questions: Bitcoin dropped below $20,000 this week. This is the first time since when? From March 2020 to November 2021, what… Read more »