SEC orders BitClave to return $25.5 million to be distributed to its ICO investors

SEC Order unregistered ICO

BitClave PTE Ltd. agreed to settle the charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), alleging that the blockchain services company conducted an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO).

The blockchain services company sold its Consumer Activity Tokens (CAT) to approximately 9,500 investors during its ICO from June to November 2017. It raised more than $25 million from investors including those in the United States during the relevant period, according to the Commission.

The SEC found out that BitClave conducted its ICO without registering CAT, which constituted securities. BitClave planned to use the proceeds from its ICO to develop, administer, and market a blockchain-based search platform for targeted consumer advertising.

Since the Commission’s findings, the blockchain services company removed CAT from third-party trading platforms. It is also winding down its operations and does not to continue developing or supporting the platform for its digital token.

SEC order against BitClave

As part of the settlement, the SEC ordered BitClave to disgorge $25.5 million it raised during the ICO; to pay prejudgment interest of $3,444,197 and a penalty of $400,000.