The New York Attorney General Letitia James has expanded her legal pursuit against Digital Currency Group (DCG), its CEO, Barry Silbert, and Genesis Global Capital. The amended complaint, following the initial lawsuit filed last year, exposes an additional $2 billion in fraud, bringing the total losses suffered by more than 230,000 investors to $3 billion.
Alleged Deceptive Practices
According to James, following the lawsuit filed against Gemini, Genesis, and DCG, the cryptocurrency industry is still grappling with massive fraud. This initial lawsuit highlighted misleading representations regarding the Gemini Earn investment program, resulting in over $1 billion in losses suffered by investors.
James mentioned: "The fraud and deceit were so expansive that many additional people have come forward to report similar harm. This illegal cryptocurrency scheme and the horrific financial losses that real people have suffered are yet another reminder of why stronger cryptocurrency regulations are needed to protect all investors."
The investigations by the Attorney General's office revealed a more intricate web of deceit, where DCG, through Genesis, allegedly defrauded Gemini Earn's participants and the direct contributors to DCG’s affiliate Genesis. Initially focusing on retail investors participating in the Gemini Earn program, the scope of the alleged fraud expanded as additional complaints surfaced.
NYAG Seeks $3 Billion Restitution
The complexity of the scheme, involving Genesis and DCG, has unveiled more victims who suffered losses. This legal action is part of Attorney General James' ongoing efforts to bring accountability to the cryptocurrency industry. Emphasizing the need for robust regulations, James has introduced new cryptocurrency legislation to protect investors in New York.
The lawsuit against DCG is not an isolated incident. The AG has brought similar actions against companies like CoinEx, Coin Cafe, and Nexo.
The legal battles waged by Attorney General James against fraudulent cryptocurrency practices date back to 2021. From directing unregistered crypto lending platforms to cease operations to securing multimillion-dollar judgments against companies like Bitfinex, Tether, Coinseed, and CoinEx, James is pushing for the regulation of the crypto sector.
Notably, the New York Attorney General accused Gemini, Genesis, and DCG of deceitful practices, including hiding losses and misleading investors about the safety of their investments.
The lawsuit alleged that Gemini misled investors about the safety of its partnership with Genesis while Genesis and DCG attempted to conceal significant losses, resulting in substantial financial harm to thousands of investors.This article was written by Jared Kirui at www.financemagnates.com.
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