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SEC crackdown on crypto investment firms over fraud allegations

TL;DR Breakdown

  • Crypto investment firms in trouble after mis-managing investors fund
  • CEO Govil allegedly diverted investors stake for personal use
  • Govil denies all allegations leveled against him by SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has dragged crypto investment firms (Cemtrex Inc., and Telidyne Inc.) for allegedly defrauding investors. Both firms are controlled by Aron Govil.

Among several allegations by the SEC, one states that Govil, purposely misled investors by hiding under false pretense of the company’s products.

SEC alleged that Govil falsely announced that Teledyne developed the “Teli App” that would allow users to use cryptocurrencies for transactions from their mobile phones. Beyond crypto, the firm was alleged of falsely stating that it is working on an app that can detect COVID-19.

The American regulator nailed one of the “crypto investment” firms on allegations that the Teli App the firm had purportedly created had no crypto functionality in any way. The firm also lied about developing an app that detects COVID-19.

” These statements allegedly were false because the Teli App did not have the stated cryptocurrency functionality and Telidyne had not started work on the COVID-19 detection app,” SEC noted in their press release.

The other arm of the purported crypto investment firms, Cemtrex Inc. mismanaged more than $7m of investor’s funds between 2016 and 2018. Govil, the firm CEO, allegedly diverted those funds for personal use. He was alleged of further selling stocks of the firm secretly as he paid promoters to push the company’s stocks to retail investors.

SEC speaks on crypto investment firms

Richard R. Best, director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office, while speaking further on allegations brought against both crypto firms, said that Govil flooded the market with several recommendations for Cemtrex company stock. He also made false statements about mobile app development that would have crypto functionality and help detect the coronavirus.

The SEC official said that he capitalized on popular market trends like cryptocurrencies and COVID-19 for personal financial gains.

He advised investors to be cautious of online recommendations especially coming from quarters that are not recognized capitalizing on market trends.

However, Govil has denied all the allegations slammed on him by the regulators. He is yet to consent to all the allegations levied against him verbally.

This post was last modified on July 21, 2021 9:12 pm

Muhaimin Olowoporoku

Muhaimin loves writing on crypto news aside from being a crypto enthusiast. He has a knack for analysing issues and updating people on what's happening around the globe. He believes that blockchain and cryptocurrency are the most useful systems of mutual trust ever devised.

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