Crypto CEO pleads guilty to $250 million scam, SDNY says

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  • The CEO of a purported cryptocurrency and currency trading platform called EminiFX pleaded guilty to one count of commodities fraud.
  • Eddy Alexandre agreed to forfeit $248.8 million, in addition to restitution.

Eddy Alexandre, the CEO of a purported cryptocurrency and currency trading platform called EminiFX, pleaded guilty to one count of commodities fraud and agreed to forfeit $248.8 million in addition to restitution, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said Friday. 

Alexandre was alleged to have solicited investments from tens of thousands of investors and fabricated weekly returns of at least five percent, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

"Alexandre’s scam caused investors to lose millions of dollars, and this case should serve as yet another warning to cryptocurrency executives that the Southern District of New York is closely watching and ready to prosecute any and all misconduct in the crypto markets,” he said.

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