- SEC filed charges against crypto company SafeMoon for fraud and unregistered securities offerings. SafeMoon misled investors and caused billions in losses.
- SafeMoon falsely claimed its liquidity pool was locked when executives allegedly misappropriated millions of dollars from it.
- After SafeMoon’s price plunged, executives allegedly manipulated the price through wash trading. The SEC warns of crypto scams with lack of disclosures.
Background on SafeMoon
SafeMoon is a crypto asset security created by Kyle Nagy. It reached a market capitalization of over $57 billion in April 2021 before plummeting 50%. The SEC alleges Nagy and other SafeMoon executives misled investors.
SafeMoon’s False Claims About Liquidity Pool
SafeMoon claimed its liquidity pool, which facilitates trading, was locked and inaccessible. But the SEC alleges large portions were never locked. Executives allegedly misappropriated millions of dollars from the pool.
Manipulation of SafeMoon Token Price
After SafeMoon’s price plunged in April 2021, executives allegedly used misappropriated funds to prop up the price. CEO John Karony allegedly engaged in wash trading to manipulate the appearance of market activity.
SEC Charges Against SafeMoon
The SEC complaint charges SafeMoon with violating securities registration requirements and anti-fraud provisions. Charges were filed in the Eastern District of New York. The DOJ filed a parallel criminal case.
The SEC warns investors to be cautious of promises of huge crypto profits. Lack of disclosures and accountability make crypto markets ripe for scams. The SEC is cracking down on crypto fraud.