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Popular Radio Presenter Suspended For Alleged Ties To The Bitcoin Scam

South Africa’s national broadcaster suspended one of its employees for allegedly convincing pensioners and others to invest in a crypto-scam. More than 100 people are believed to have fallen victim to promises of very high returns to investors in the bitcoin investment scheme.

300% Return on Investment

The South African state broadcaster recently suspended one of its radio presenters, Sebasa Mogale, after a media expose suggested he may have been part of a cryptocurrency scam outfit that reportedly promised a 300% return on investment.

The decision to suspend the popular broadcaster, who also plays a role in South Africa’s popular television series Skeem Saam, was made after an investigative report by the media outlet Carte Blanche identified him as one of the masterminds behind the scam that allegedly fleeced more than 100 people.

Reports about Mogale’s suspension have been confirmed by Gugu Nutuli, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), group executive responsible for corporate affairs marketing. In a statement, the executive said:

Thobela FM has taken a decision to unschedule Sebasa Mogale, (Ntshirogele) Afternoon Drive presenter, following the Carte Blanche expose. The recent broadcast raised issues regarding Mr Mogale’s personal business dealings with cryptocurrency.

Ntuli said that the SABC would “leave nothing unturned” in its investigation into Mogale’s involvement in the scam.

A Confidence Trickster

According to an expose by Carte Blanche, Mogale had used his celebrity status to lure some listeners of his radio show to invest. According to the media outlet, Mogale claimed that investors who had not been trained in personal finance management had “cashed their pensions and saved money policies.” But, his promises proved empty.

“But for at least 140 people the man they trusted to guide them through the crypto maze appears to have been little more than a confidence trickster,” reads part of Carte Blanche’s summary of the expose.

Some victims of the scam came forward to share their losses following Mogale’s suspension. Sello Bonoko is quoted in another report explaining he became a victim after he listened to Mogale’s bitcoin investment pitch that “sounded convincing.” He also said he trusted Mogale’s promises primarily because these were made on national radio. Bonoko said he lost more than $14,500 (R230,000).

A spokesperson for South African police was quoted in the report as telling Mogale’s victims that they should file complaints with law enforcement. According to him, the police cannot act until they have received the complaints in writing.

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Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara, a Zimbabwean journalist, author, and writer has been awarded the Zimbabwe Journalism Award. He has written extensively on the economic problems of African countries and how digital currencies can offer an escape route.

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What is the reason why SAND has risen by more than 10% within 24 hours?

The cryptocurrency market continues its positive start to the week with major coins trading in the green area. The cryptocurrency market has performed well in the last two days. In the last 24 hours, the market has added more than 3% to its value, pushing the total market cap above the $900 billion mark. Bitcoin…

The cryptocurrency market continues its positive start to the week with major coins trading in the green area.

The cryptocurrency market has performed well in the last two days. In the last 24 hours, the market has added more than 3% to its value, pushing the total market cap above the $900 billion mark.

Bitcoin surged past the $21k resistance level after adding 2.5% to its value over the last few hours. Ether is eyeing the $1,200 psychological level thanks to its ongoing rally.

However, SAND, the native token of The Sandbox metaverse, is one of the best performers amongst the top 50 cryptocurrencies by market cap.

SAND is up by more than 10% in the last 24 hours and currently trades at $0. 935 per coin. This positive step is primarily due to The Sandbox’s partnership and TIMEPieces (the NFT community initiative of TIME).

In a Medium post on Monday, The Sandbox said it has partnered with TIME to develop ‘TIME Square’, TIME’s first-ever destination in the metaverse.

Key level to watch

The SAND/USD 4-hour chart at the moment is bullish, as SAND has been doing well in recent days.

The MACD line is in the neutral zone. This is a significant improvement over the territory it held last week. The 14-day RSI of 64 shows that SAND could soon enter the oversold region over the coming hours or days.

If the market momentum continues, SAND could surge above the $1 psychological level in the next few hours. SAND could test $1 in the event of a prolonged rally. 08 resistance level before the end of the day.

However, we are still in bear market and the bears may regain control. SAND could fall towards the $0. 83 support level in the next few hours.

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Highlights June 21: Celsius rises almost 50%, cryptos remain green

The crypto market is bullish at the moment, with all the top 100 cryptocurrencys in the green as of this writing. Top cryptos Solana stood out, gaining more than 15%, followed by Cardano, Ethereum, and BNB, all gaining more than 7% over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin was trading above $21,000 at the time of…

The crypto market is bullish at the moment, with all the top 100 cryptocurrencys in the green as of this writing.

Top cryptos

Solana stood out, gaining more than 15%, followed by Cardano, Ethereum, and BNB, all gaining more than 7% over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin was trading above $21,000 at the time of writing, up more than 4% over the past 24 hours.

Cryptos outside the top 10 also fared well. Polkadot jumped more than 7%, but the standout is Polygon with 14%.

Top movers

Aside from the top 20,, the trend was similar with most coins adding 5-9% value. Notable standouts include Chainlink, up 12%, Aave with 14%, and Waves with 18%.

Elrond gained another 15% today. Since announcing a major partnership, Elrond has been rallying with institutions of the Romanian government.

Stacks has 16%, and 1inch Network has 17%.. Recent statistics show that Atomic Swaps on CurveFinance and 1inch registered an average 100 million daily volume.

Zilliqa was one of the largest winners, up 22% during the last 24 h.

XCAD Network allows YouTubers to issue their own fan tokens and NFTs. It allows Youtubers the ability to issue their own fan tokens. Zilliqa’s rally was supported by XCAD’s participation at a recent, very successful live event in NYC.

The big win is Celsius with gains in 49%. Even though Celsius Network is in trouble, the efforts to stabilize it are evidently effective or have an impact on its value.

Compound completes the #100 winners’ list with gains of 26%. The Compound III beta version app is now available to the community.

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US Regulator Charges South African MTI and Its Operator With $1.7 Billion Fraud Involving Bitcoin

US Regulator Charges South African MTI and Its Operator in CFTC's Largest Bitcoin Fraud Case

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has charged Mirror Trading International (MTI) and its operator with a $1.7 billion fraud involving bitcoin. This action is the regulator’s largest fraud scheme case involving the cryptocurrency.

CFTC Takes Action Against MTI

The CFTC announced Thursday that it has charged a “South African pool operator and CEO with $1.7 billion fraud involving bitcoin.” The regulator added:

This action is CFTC’s largest fraud scheme case involving bitcoin.

The derivatives watchdog has filed a civil enforcement action, charging Cornelius Johannes Steynberg and Mirror Trading International Proprietary Ltd. (MTI) with “fraud and registration violations.”

From approximately May 18, 2018, through March 20 last year, “Steynberg, individually and as the controlling person of MTI, engaged in an international fraudulent multilevel marketing scheme … to solicit bitcoin from members of the public for participation in a commodity pool operated by MTI,” the CFTC detailed, elaborating:

During this period, Steynberg … accepted at least 29,421 bitcoin — with a value of over $1,733,838,372 at the end of the period.

The announcement adds that the CFTC “seeks full restitution to defrauded investors, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, civil monetary penalties, permanent registration and trading bans, and a permanent injunction against future violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulations.”

The derivatives watchdog described:

The defendants misappropriated, either directly or indirectly, all of the bitcoin they accepted from the pool participants.

The CFTC concluded: “Sternberg is a fugitive from South African law enforcement, but was recently detained in the Federative Republic of Brazil on an Interpol arrest warrant.”

What do you think about the CFTC’s action against MTI and its operator? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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