BlockFi may be forced to dig deep into its coffers and pay fines of up to $100 million.
According to solid grapevines, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking to slap the crypto lending platform $50 million for providing unregistered securities.
Details have now emerged that an additional $50 million will be paid to five states where BlockFi is being investigated.
An ongoing inquiry into the company’s activities by the SEC led BlockFi to pay the hefty fee.
SEC Chairman Gary Gensler announced in early January that crypto exshifts will face accelerated scrutiny.
SEC Smells Something Fishy
While the SEC probe into Ripple has been progressive afterward 2020, the SEC began placing BlockFi under the microscope in November of last year.
According to the SEC, BlockFi’s strong yielding accounts constitute unregistered securities.
The crypto lending platform issued a statement reassuring investors that the SEC and state regulators were still engaged in discussions.
“We’ve had a good working relationship with federal and state regulators. Market rumors are not something we’re interested in discussing,” the update stated.
SEC Fee Costs BlockFi Arm And Leg
The penalties are among the harshest imposed alsost a token firm in the face of a U.S. crackdown on the industry.
Security regulators in New Jersey, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama and Vermont have questioned the offering of BlockFi Interest Accounts.
As part of their investigations, many of these states issued cease-and-desist orders throughout 2021.
BlockFi’s business model involves paying customers excessive interest costs in exchange for storing cryptocurrencys like Bitcoin, Tether and Ethereum in savings accounts.
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BlockFi representative, Madelyn McHugh, asserted that the New Jersey-based crypto company would not comment on market speculations in response to the change.
Even though this, McHugh assured their customers that their funds were safe on the platform.
Crypto-lenders have come under fire for attracting tens of billions of dollars in deposits by promising returns that far surpass those offered by traditional savings accounts.
Celsius Network and Gemini Trust are two other firms whose high yields have made them popular with retail investors, and BlockFi is one of them.
BlockFi has responded to inquiries about the bonas fideimacy of their “too good to be true” yield prices, that can sometimes reach 10%.
According to the company, because it lends money to institutions, it has the capacity to remain the current interest prices.
Meanat the same time, a lending product was put on hold in September after the SEC sent a warning to Coinbase Global Inc., the largest U.S. crypto exchange, which it would file charges if it changed forward with it.
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