SEC Charges Rapper T.I. & Four Others for Promoting Fraudulent ICO, FLiK

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Atlanta-based rapper Clifford Harris, Jr., better known as T.I., and four others for promoting an unregistered and fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICO).

T.I. promoted FLiK tokens in 2017 to his social media followers, falsely stating that he was a co-owner of the project boasted as “Netflix on the blockchain.” The platform was advertised as a streaming media platform with products that can be purchased with digital tokens, the SEC said in a statement on Friday.

The 39-year old rapper has agreed to pay the penalty of $75,000.

As per SEC’s order, he is not allowed to participate in offerings or sales of digital-asset securities for at least five years.

The company’s founder, a film producer, named Ryan Felton, who started FLiK and CoinSpark, is meanwhile facing claims that he misappropriated the raised funds to buy Ferrari, a million-dollar home, and other luxury goods.

“Felton victimized investors through material misrepresentations, misappropriation of their funds, and manipulative trading,” said Carolyn M. Welshhans, Associate Director in the Division of Enforcement.

The complaint alleges that Felton secretly transferred FLiK tokens to himself and gained an additional $2.2 million in profits by selling them into the market.

Previously, boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled have also been sued by the regulators for hyping the ICOs.

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Rapper TI Cleared Of Securities Fraud, Kevin Hart Awaits Judgement For 2017 FLiK ICO

Renowned US rapper Clifford Harris Jr., more commonly known as T.I, has been let off the hook from securities fraud for allegedly promoting the FLiK ICO.

However, his co-accused, the businessman – Ryan Felton – together with popular comedian and actor Kevin Hart, were not so lucky.

Law360 also reports that a US Court sitting in Northern Georgia threw out state securities fraud as well as other claims filed against T.I.

Aggrieved FLiK ICO participants had filed a case against the rapper in November 2018, accusing him of hyping a scandalous pump and dump ICO exercise.

The aggrieved investors stated that they had lost about $2 million during the scheme, and T.I and others mentioned in the case were used to promote the scam. Panell Jr., a US District Judge handling the case, agreed with T.I’s legal counsel and cleared him of the allegations.

The judge stated that the aggrieved parties only alleged that T.I, through his twitter handle, urged his followers to have a look at the FLiK ICO website. The judge continued to state that the plaintiff failed to offer further details on the alleged value of the FLiK tokens and, as a result, the facts provided do not amount to the level of particularity needed for such a case.

The Judge also threw out the claims by the plaintiff that T.I being part of the FLiK ICO marketing activities were contrary to Georgia’s Uniform Securities Act.

The judge explained that all those who participated in the FLiK ICO exercise had no known ties with Georgia state. The judge also said that the prosecutors failed to show how T.I’s twitter activities influenced the investors’ decisions to invest in the scheme.

T.I is just one of the celebrities who have been fighting cases for their activities in drumming up token sales during the 2017 ICO-mania. Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled about $800,000 for their activities in advocating the CentraTech ICO scam.

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