Regulators in Italy have moved to suspend the operations of several affiliates of OneCoin, the digital currency investment scheme widely accused of being fraudulent.
Late last month, the Italian Antitrust Authority, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that focuses on consumer protection, said that it had ordered the "precautionary suspension" of the efforts, led by three unnamed individuals. The Antitrust Authority is funded by Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development.
The Antitrust Authority said that its investigation of OneCoin – which accelerated in December with a preliminary injunction against three affiliates – found that most of the money generated came from recruitment efforts. Those who take part in the OneCoin scheme purchase packages of "tokens" that can later be redeemed on an online website or sold to others, who in turn are encouraged to find buyers of their own.
The Antitrust Authority said (in a translated statement):
The suspension is one of the most aggressive moves to date against OneCoin, which has been accused of misleading buyers by promising big gains on its eponymous digital currency.
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