21.10.2020

Crypto Fund Manager Sued Over Alleged Fraud and Deception

Instead of using the capital as stated, for crypto investment and trading profit, the filing accuses Iterative Capital of taking the assets appropriated to the account and treating them as private savings, spending on crypto on mining endeavors and over-the-counter, or OTC, trading. 

Internet tech support and consulting player KDH Consulting Group recently filed an official complaint against crypto investment management firm Iterative Capital Management for alleged fraud and misdirection. 

Accusations include “fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, among other things,” the April 27 filling stated.

Iterative Capital allegedly lied

Iterative Capital allegedly falsely boasted of previous crypto investment and trading success and liquidity related to a “hedge fund-like” account, which they urged KDH to join.

The actions date back to 2017

The allegedly fraudulent firm attracted KDH back in the latter half of 2017. Christopher Dannen, Interative Capital’s co-founder, recapped two previously fruitful accounts, proposing “a highly liquid new fund with quarterly withdrawal rights focusing primarily on trading cryptocurrencies and network tokens,” the filing explained.

Iterative Capital, however, allegedly knew crypto trading was on its way out during its push for KDH’s capital in December 2017, and prepared to put the money toward mining without disclosure.

“Moreover, Individual Defendants failed to mention that, for the same very reason, they returned funds to investors from the previous fund,” the filing read. “To the contrary, they praised their prior success and concealed true performance history and investment intentions.”

KDH put $1,000,000 into the fund, attaining limited partner status in the process. In the years following, Interative Capital allegedly dodged investors and altered plans without returning capital, bleeding value in the processes.

Over the past two years, a number of legal disputes have surfaced stemming from 2017 activities, showing the industry’s transition out of its Wild West period.

Cointelegraph reached out to defendant Christopher Dannen for additional details, but received no response as of press time. This article will be updated accordingly should a response come in.

66% of Europeans Feel Optimistic About Future of Bitcoin, Study Shows

Europeans are feeling more optimistic about the future of bitcoin. A recent study shows that two thirds of them believe cryptocurrency will remain in existence in 10 years time, with some convinced BTC will become a key part of the economy, both as a security and investment.

Crypto exchange Bitflyer, which produced the study, said Wednesday Europeans are feeling more upbeat that digital financial assets will remain in use by 2030, perhaps awakened to the reality because of the stringent Covid-19 lockdowns, which forced services to go strictly online.

At least 66% of people in Europe are confident of bitcoin’s future, it said. That’s 3% above the number of people who showed similar optimism in 2019, Bitflyer added, citing a poll of 10,000 Europeans across 10 countries. The exchange is one of the world’s largest by trading volume.

Italy, which experienced a peak in coronavirus restrictions in March, is the most confident with 72% believing in the longevity of cryptocurrency, while the UK is the least confident at 56%, poll results show. About 70% of people in the Netherlands and Poland believe in a future for digital assets.

According to the study, those in the UK are slightly less optimistic, with confidence levels falling 1% from a year ago. Norway is less fascinated as well.

Most Europeans remain unclear about the real use cases for BTC in future or how cryptocurrencies will cement their place within their respective economies. Around 10% expressed confidence bitcoin will become an everyday currency or that it will be used as a security or investment, the study revealed.

In Italy, however, 12% of the people believe that cryptocurrency will one day be used as mainstream currency, a 2% increase from the previous year. The figure compares with 10% of Polish and 5% of British citizens who are convinced this could be the case.

Andy Bryant, COO at Bitflyer Europe, said the results indicate “a slow but steady progression of cryptocurrencies into the mainstream consciousness. Although we might look at this as an achievement for digital currencies in spite of the challenging economic times we are facing, it is also worth considering that this may well be partly because of these times”.

cointelegraph.com

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