RRUPDATE📍:From Hero to Zero — The Richard Heart SEC Lawsuit Unveiled👨⚖️
Richard Heart Faces SEC Lawsuit Alleging Unregistered Token Offerings and Misuse of Investor Funds
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken legal action against Richard Schueler, also known as Richard Heart in the crypto community, accusing him of conducting unregistered offerings of three tokens.
The SEC alleges that Heart raised over $1 billion through the unregistered sale of crypto asset securities, which included Hex, PulseChain (PLS), and PulseX (PSLX). Heart marketed these tokens as lucrative investment opportunities, hiring developers to maintain the crypto assets’ framework.
The SEC claims that Heart violated federal securities laws and defrauded investors in the United States and abroad. Much of the focus of the allegations centers on Heart promising substantial returns to investors in exchange for massive deposits. For example, he allegedly received over 2.3 million Ether (ETH), valued at approximately $678 million at the time, in exchange for Hex tokens, and he received substantial sums for the promise of future delivery of PLS and PSLX tokens.
The complaint reveals that Heart and PulseChain misused at least $12.1 million of investor funds for personal luxury purchases, including a 555-carat diamond, expensive watches, and high-end automobiles, instead of using the funds for developing and marketing the PulseChain network.
The SEC seeks permanent injunctive relief, disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and civil penalties against Heart and his projects. Heart, currently residing in Finland, must respond to the SEC’s complaint within 21 days or risk default judgment.
This legal action is part of a wider regulatory approach by the SEC towards crypto in the United States. The commission is pursuing similar allegations of unregistered securities offerings against other crypto entities like Coinbase and Binance.
Despite Hex’s significant price gains, the crypto community has been skeptical, and the SEC’s lawsuit caused a drop in the token’s value.
In response to the scrutiny from the SEC, Heart has seemingly removed references to Hex, PulseChain, and PulseX from his social media posts and profiles, according to reports.
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