AriseBank CEO faces up to 120 years in prison over cryptocurrency scam

Maria Nikolova

Jared Rice, Sr. was charged with duping hundreds of investors out of more than $4 million in a cryptocurrency scheme.

AriseBank CEO Jared Rice, Sr. faces a heavy prison term. He was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday and charged with defrauding hundreds of investors in a cryptocurrency scheme.

Rice, who is also the subject of a civil action filed by the SEC’s Fort Worth regional office earlier this year, was indicted on three counts of securities fraud and three counts of wire fraud.

According to court documents unsealed on Wednesday, Rice, 30, allegedly lied to would-be investors, claiming that AriseBank – which he labeled as the world’s “first decentralized banking platform” based on a proprietary digital currency called AriseCoin – could offer consumers FDIC-insured accounts and traditional banking services, including Visa-brand credit and debit cards, in addition to cryptocurrency services. In fact, AriseBank had not been authorized to conduct banking in Texas, was not FDIC insured, and did not have any sort of partnership with Visa.

Even as he touted AriseBank’s nonexistent benefits in press releases and online, Rice converted investor funds for his own personal use, spending the money on hotels, food, clothing, and a family law attorney.

He allegedly falsely claimed the “Initial Coin Offering,” or ICO, had raised $600 million within just a few weeks and failed to disclose that he’d plead guilty to state felony charges in connection with a prior Internet-related business scheme. Meanwhile, investors were buying AriseCoin using digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and fiat currency.

If convicted, Rice faces up to 120 years in federal prison.

Earlier this month, Maksim Zaslavskiy pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. in federal court in Brooklyn to conspiracy to commit securities fraud in connection with two Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) – REcoin Group Foundation, LLC (REcoin) and DRC World, Inc., also known as Diamond Reserve Club (Diamond). He faces prison term of up to five years.

Read this next

Retail FX

Texas Slaps Forex Scam with Cease and Desist Order

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) is following through on its promise to crack down on online trading fraud.

Industry News

JPMorgan Chase to open its UK neobank next week

JPMorgan Chase, the biggest US bank by total assets, will next week launch its City’s digital-only bank, which offers a range of savings and loan products under its ‘Chase’ brand in the UK.

Retail FX

TIOMarkets UK reports $78,461 in 2020 revenues

TIOmarkets’ FCA-regulated entity reported its financial results for the year ending December 31, 2020. The company posted a revenue figure that was nine times the amount it reported in the fiscal year of 2019.

Technology

Equiduct deploys big xyt’s data analytics for equity market structure

“Banks, asset managers, exchanges and market participants across the globe consistently rely on big xyt as an independent reference for equity market structure”.

Retail FX

BDSwiss partners with PayRetailers to address payment landscape in LATAM

PayRetailers’ suite of payment options via single seamless API integration will be available for BDS Markets Ltd. only.

Digital Assets

Coinbase applies for NFA license while awaiting SEC lawsuit

A license from the National Futures Association (NFA) would open the door to cryptocurrency derivatives trading.

Industry News

Euroclear acquires MFEX to enhance offering for fund distributors and fund managers

This transaction brings together two highly complementary businesses.

Industry News

Madoff Victim Fund sends $568 million to 31,000 victims of Ponzi scheme

Bernard L. Madoff used his position as chairman of BLMIS to steal billions from his clients.

Digital Assets

Revolut uses Bitcoin to Pay for its office space

Revolut, the company that is looking to build a financial super app, has used bitcoin to pay for its largest office space in Dallas, Texas to the flexible workspace provider WeWork.

<