The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently released its enforcement results for fiscal year 2023, specifically focusing on actions related to crypto assets. According to the SEC, this year has been highly productive and impactful in terms of its enforcement efforts in the crypto asset securities space. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler emphasized the importance of the Division of Enforcement's work in protecting the investing public.
SEC's FY 2023 Crypto Enforcement Actions
The SEC announced that it has filed a total of 784 enforcement actions for fiscal year 2023, marking a 3% increase from the previous year. These actions cover a wide range of areas, including billion-dollar crypto fraud schemes, unregistered crypto asset offerings, platforms, intermediaries, and illegal celebrity endorsements.
The SEC highlighted several high-profile cases in the crypto industry. These include actions against Terraform Labs and its co-founder Do Kwon, Richard Heart and his controlled entities, former FTX CEO Samuel Bankman-Fried (SBF), Genesis and Gemini, Celsius, Kraken, Nexo, Beaxy, Bittrex, Binance, and Coinbase. The SEC has taken significant steps to address fraudulent activities and ensure compliance within the cryptocurrency space.
First Actions Against NFT Issuers
In fiscal year 2023, the SEC filed its first actions against non-fungible token (NFT) issuers. Impact Theory LLC and Stoner Cats 2 LLC were charged by the SEC in relation to their NFT offerings. This demonstrates the SEC's commitment to regulating the evolving NFT market and protecting investors.
Action Against Influencers
The SEC also took action against individuals who allegedly promoted crypto asset securities without disclosing their compensation. Among those named were Paul Pierce, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul, Michele Mason (Kendra Lust), Miles Parks McCollum (Lil Yachty), Shaffer Smith (Ne-Yo), Aliaune Thiam (Akon), DeAndre Cortez Way (Soulja Boy), and Austin Mahone. The SEC's actions aim to address the potential risks associated with influencer-driven promotions in the crypto industry.
Record Number of Crypto Enforcement Actions
In addition to the SEC's enforcement actions, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) also reported a significant increase in crypto-related enforcement actions. The CFTC filed 47 actions related to digital asset commodities, representing over 49% of all actions filed during the fiscal year.
The SEC's enforcement actions in fiscal year 2023 reflect its commitment to protecting investors and ensuring compliance within the crypto industry. With a focus on addressing fraudulent activities, unregistered offerings, and illegal endorsements, the SEC aims to create a safer and more transparent environment for participants in the crypto asset securities market.
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