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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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Chioma Onyekelu is a highly skilled and accomplished professional in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. She is a Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator and Crypto Compliance Specialist, as well as a Blockchain Forensic Specialist and a teacher. She is also a public speaker and her teachings include consultations and practical solutions for African Start-ups on the best and most cost-effective way to build with compliance in mind. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in these cutting-edge technologies, she is well-equipped to navigate the complex landscape of cryptocurrency-related crimes.

In her current role as a Blockchain Forensic Specialist at A&D Forensics, Chioma is responsible for tracing and investigating cryptocurrency-related crimes, as well as training law enforcement agents and compliance officers on the latest developments and best practices in the field. In addition, she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Blockchain and Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, further solidifying her expertise and understanding of the technology.

Chioma's dedication and passion for the field is evident in her work, and she is committed to staying at the forefront of developments in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to provide the best possible service to her clients. Her exceptional skills in educating and consulting make her a valuable asset to the industry and an authority in the field of Blockchain and Crypto Compliance.


Adedeji is a Forensic Investigation Practitioner and CertifiedBlockchain/Cryptocurrency Forensic
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 countries 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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