227 Chinese Nationals Arrested Over Crypto Scam in the Philippines

Asia Blockchain Review
September 23, 2019
227 Chinese Nationals Arrested Over Crypto Scam in the Philippines

Philippine authorities recently raided the offices of Grapefruit Services Inc, which was suspected of running a cryptocurrency scam, and arrested 277 Chinese nationals involved in the alleged scheme. Information about the scam was reported to the Philippine police by the Chinese Embassy.

According to the embassy, the firm was suspected of an investment scam that had affected “thousands of Chinese citizens” and China has revoked the passports of the company’s workers. As a result, the Grapefruit employees have been declared illegal workers. 

Fraudulent Activities under CEZA License 

Grapefruit Services Inc is a service provider authorized by cryptocurrency firm ‘The Golden Millennial Quickpay,’ which was allegedly registered for the project under a special license granted by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), as reported by a local news outlet Inquirer.net.

In spite of being a CEZA-registered project, Grapefruit operated outside of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport, where it is licensed to conduct business. 

The case has prompted the Philippine Bureau of Immigration to closely monitor the operations of other companies with Chinese workers supporting overseas entities that provide cryptocurrency and other financial products.

Making Preparations for Cryptocurrency

Earlier this year, the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (PSEC) delayed the issuance of official regulations concerning initial coin offerings (ICO), although the draft bill has been proposed since August 2018. 

The PSEC insisted in the draft that the tokens emitted during an ICO be classified as securities and therefore “should be registered with the Commission and necessary disclosures need to be made for the protection of the investing public.”

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/ 

 


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