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A&D FORENSICS WEEKLY BRIEF APRIL 15, 2022

A&D Forensics brief brings you adoption and regulation highlights. Also, investigation and crime cases happening in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem will be summarised here, all in one link.

IMF claims crypto usage is higher in corrupt countries with tighter capital restrictions

According to research published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 25 entitled “Crypto, Corruption, and Capital Controls: Cross-Country Correlations,” people in nations with greater levels of corruption are more likely to use cryptocurrencies than in other countries.

Ethereum dev. Virgil Griffith sentenced to 63 months for North Korean crypto expedition

A Manhattan judge has sentenced Virgil Griffith to 63 months in jail for a 2019 presentation he gave at the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference.

Celsius Phasing Out High-Interest Crypto Accounts for Non-Accredited US Investors

U.S. and state regulators have been taking aim at crypto rewards platforms such as BlockFi and Celsius for the last year. In a direct blow, the latter has agreed to stop paying rewards to non-accredited U.S. investors on any new deposits starting April 15.

Portuguese regulator grants first crypto license to a bank

Portuguese based bank Bison Bank has received permission from Portugal’s Central Bank (Banco de Portugal) to operate as a “virtual asset service provider ”(VASP), making the first bank in the country to be given the green light by the regulator.

The SEC wants better corporate disclosures about hacks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new cybersecurity risk management rules for corporations that would require them to be more transparent with customer disclosures.

U.S. State Regulators Aim to Shutter NFT Casino

Security regulators in two U.S. states have issued cease-and-desist orders against an online casino offering non-fungible tokens.

Ripple vs SEC: Judge Strikes Down Regulator’s Request To Withhold Key Documents in XRP Lawsuit

Federal Judge Sarah Netburn ordered the SEC to hand over the requested drafts and emails relating to a 2018 speech from William Hinman, the former director of the Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance.

Brazil is now one step closer to Regulating Bitcoin

The country is favoring a single Bitcoin and cryptocurrency legislation in an effort to enact it by the first half of 2022.

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LEAD FACILITATOR – CRYPTOCURRENCY INTUITION

Onyekelu Chioma is a passionate and professional teacher with expertise on blockchain and cryptocurrency education. She is a renowned blockchain advocate in Africa with the belief that there are so many career opportunities to be leveraged on in the Blockchain Industry.

Chioma is the Head of Academic and Training, the Crypto Bootcamp Community, and a member of Stake holders in blockchain technology association of Nigeria (SiBAN).

Chioma’s passion for fourth industrial revolution technology has helped her hold key strategic positions in various private sectors, regulating the way for blockchain adoption in the continent of Africa.

As an experienced teacher, blockchain educator, and a cryptocurrency trading coach, she has trained a lot of students and assisted them in identifying their innate skills which enabled them to carve a niche so as to become experts in their chosen blockchain career.

She’s currently a Crypto Forensic Intern at A&D Forensics and undergoing her Masters studies in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency at University of Nicosia

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Investigator (CFE, CCI, CCFI & Reactor Certified) with more than Fifteen years of experience across few banks within the Nigeria Financial Sector and educator in Corporate workplace settings, Deji is uniquely qualified and involved in forensics analysis of Financial Infractions, Cryptocurrency crimes and designing plans that works for Government, Regulators, Law enforcement. He was appointed by SEC Nigeria as Member Virtual Asset and Fintech Regulatory framework drafting Committee, He is a member of Global Digital Finance’s KYC/AML working group in France and a member of the Industry led Thinktank that worked on and came out with FATF cryptocurrency Travel rule InterMessaging Standard for Virtual Assets (IVMS101) to help combat money laundering and terrorism financing using cryptocurrencies around the globe.
His law enforcement training efforts on new money and cybercrime have seen him train many law enforcement agents in various countriesn i.e Nigeria Police, Nigeria Army CyberWarfare command, Zambia Financial Intelligence Unit, Zambia Central Bank and more.
He is Chainalysis Sole Africa Investigative Partner helping law enforcement investigate criminal organizations using cryptocurrency to conceal illiccit activities across Africa, he is also a training Partner for Blockchain Intelligence Group based out of Canada.

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