The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking those who were affected by the close down of Bitconnect to help them in its investigation. Bitconnect had stopped its operations in January 2018 after receiving a cease order from the Securities Commissioner of the state of Texas. According to the FBI, the company’s shutdown left its investors stranded with a worthless cryptocurrency.
FBI Seeks for Investors in Bitconnect Investment Scheme
The FBI is seeking for victims of Bitconnect, a London-based cryptocurrency investment scheme which began in 2016. Bitconnect coin (BCC) whose initial coin offering (ICO) was held in November 2016, attained a market capitalization of over 2.5 billion by December 2017 when Bitcoin reached its all-time high of $20,000.
Like the Bitcoin bubble that was burst, so did the investment scheme end. This was triggered by cease orders issued to the company by two U.S. state-level securities regulators. Bitconnect’s course of action was to pack up which greatly influenced the price of its cryptocurrency.
Bitconnect Fails to Keep its Promise on Increase on Investments
Asides aiding in the devaluing of its virtual currency, the FBI was quick to note that Bitconnect had promised its investors 10 percent of their investment every month. However, this was no longer the case given that the company had completely shut down its business.
Accordingly, the FBI has provided a form to be filled online by people who had invested in BCC and were affected by the shutdown. They have also pointed out that they will review such submissions and get back to those whose fillings are interesting enough to help them in their investigation.
Your responses are voluntary but would be useful in the federal assessment of this matter and to identify you as a BCC investor and/or potential victim. Based on the responses provided, you may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information.
Despite Shut Down, Bitconnect Still Has Promoters
Despite the shutdown, it appears the company still has firm believers in its product. This group of people is trying to revive the digital asset, and on closer inspection, a Discord channel has been dedicated to this cause. In the same vein, a user of the platform revealed that BCC is active on CoinPaprika.
On the other hand, BTCNN on January 9 reported that John Bigatton, Director and Shareholder of BitConnect International Plc, has been banned from travelling by an Australian Federal court. Also, Bigatton whose wife, Madeline Bigatton has reportedly gone missing since May 2018.