America Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee, or CFTC, filed a grievance in opposition to Digitex LLC and its founder and CEO Adam Todd for failing to register the cryptocurrency futures alternate and manipulating the value of its DGTX token.
Based on a Sept. 30 court docket submitting within the Southern District of Florida, Todd allegedly pumped up the value of DGTX tokens in an effort to inflate Digitex’s holdings. The U.S. regulator claimed the Digitex CEO used completely different company entities as a part of a scheme to launch and function an unlawful digital asset derivatives buying and selling platform, in violation of the Commodity Trade Act.
CFTC guidelines require performing rKnow Your Buyer checks and implementing a buyer data program. Todd mentioned in 2020 that he deliberate to take away all KYC procedures from Digitex in an effort to guard person knowledge.
The grievance mentioned the CFTC sought a court docket order blocking Todd and Digitex from partaking in digital asset transactions thought-about commodities below the regulator’s purview. As well as, the regulator supposed for Digitex to pay civil financial penalties, disgorgement, and restitution to affected events. On the time of publication, each Digitex’s and its futures web sites had been offline.
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