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Elon Caught On US$258B Dogecoin Lawsuit! Can Law Hold Him Accountable?

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Elon Caught On US$258B Dogecoin Lawsuit! Can Law Hold Him Accountable?

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is being sued for US$258 billion by a Dogecoin investor. 

Elon Musk and controversies can’t stay apart for long. Tesla CEO is facing not one but two lawsuits. An investor of the EV Company has accused the automaker for workplace discrimination and harassment. The controversy king is also sued in a US$258 billion case for allegedly running a pyramid scheme to profit from the meme cryptocurrency. Even after this, Elon Musk has said he will keep supporting and buying Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency he has been vouching about for years.

In a complaint filed in a federal court in Manhattan last week, plaintiff Keith Johnson had accused Musk of racketeering for touting dogecoin on Twitter and driving up its price, only to let it tumble. Johnson is seeking a total of US$258 billion from Elon Musk.

Since Musk began promoting the virtual currency, investors have lost around US$86 billion, Johnson estimates, representing the decline in Dogecoin’s market value since May 2021. He would like Musk to reimburse dogecoin investors this sum, plus pay double that in damages, i.e. an additional US$172 billion, taking the total lawsuit sum to a whopping US$258 billion.

Taking to Twitter, the richest person in the world wrote, “I will keep supporting Dogecoin.” When a Twitter user suggested that if Musk supports it, he should keep buying it, the tech billionaire responded: “I am.”

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Dogecoin creator Shibetoshi Nakamoto said if Dogecoin is a pyramid scheme so is the entire crypto market, stock market, commodities market, and the monetary system itself. He further went on to say that we should sue Alexander Hamilton, the founder and chief architect of the American financial system.

Nakamoto wrote, “If Dogecoin is a pyramid scheme, so is the entire cryptocurrency market, stock market, commodities market, and monetary system itself. Let’s sue Alexander Hamilton.” He added, “Cryptocurrency has an incredible amount of stupid stuff around it, but that’s all just related to how incredibly stupid people are. Cryptocurrency itself is just a protocol and a shared database.”

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

Authorities in Albania are finalizing regulations that will allow the taxation of income and profits from cryptocurrency investments. The government intends to begin imposing the levy in 2023, after adopting the necessary legislation which has been proposed for public consultations.

Albania Set to Impose Crypto Tax as Early as Next Year

The Albanian state should begin collecting taxes on income from crypto assets as of 2023 in accordance with a new income tax bill, the local English-language portal Exit News reported on Friday. The government also hopes to pass a number of other laws and bylaws this year in order to comprehensively regulate the matter.

The special tax legislation is currently open for public consultations. It introduces the concept of taxing crypto holdings and income derived from virtual assets. The latter have been defined as “a digital representation of a value that can be deposited, traded or transferred in digital form, and that can be used for payment or investment purposes or as a medium of exchange, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies.”

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However, the definition does not cover central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the report notes. That’s despite a growing number of monetary authorities around the world developing a digital version of their national fiats. The list includes major powers such as the United States, the European Union, China, and the Russian Federation.

The Albanian law also defines cryptocurrency mining as an activity using computing power to confirm transactions and gain virtual assets in exchange. The extraction of cryptocurrencies has been a grey area although law enforcement has been going after illegal mining facilities in the country and pressed charges against some of their operators.

Under the new legislation, any income from crypto transactions or mining will be classified as corporate income when it’s received as a result of business activity. And when the beneficiaries are private individuals, they will have to pay capital gains tax of 15%.

Financial Watchdog Tasked to Expand Crypto Regulatory Framework

Earlier this month, the Albanian parliament ordered the Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to prepare and adopt new regulations regarding cryptocurrencies by the end of 2022. Albanian law allows crypto trading platforms to legally work in the country but no licensed entities are currently operating in Albania, Exit News remarked.

Two years ago, Albania also adopted a law titled “Financial markets based on distributed ledger technology.” While many have welcomed the legislation, critics have questioned whether the small nation in South East Europe, still an EU hopeful, is capable of properly regulating its crypto sector to prevent it from being used for money laundering, something it’s struggling to achieve in the fiat space.

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The legislature referenced a recent report by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), which recommended additional steps regarding the risks associated with cryptocurrency. In November 2021, the AFSA approved its first two regulations implementing the crypto markets law, which introduced capital and licensing requirements for entities working with digital assets.

Do you expect Albania to adopt comprehensive regulations for its crypto space by the end of the year? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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Singapore Based Crypto Exchange Bybit Expands To Argentina

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Singapore Based Crypto Exchange Bybit Expands To Argentina

Bybit, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange, has announced it will be expanding its operations to Argentina. The exchange wants to offer Argentinian citizens another platform on which to transact, given the popularity that the cryptocurrency industry is enjoying in the country. The exchange will also have a dedicated team to support Argentinian operations.

Bybit Lands in Argentina

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The growth of the cryptocurrency industry in Argentina has not gone unnoticed by international companies. Bybit, a Singapore-based, top-ten crypto exchange by volume traded, has announced that it will expand its trading operations to support Argentinian customers directly.

To better achieve this goal, the company will dedicate a team to attend to applicable requirements and support its upcoming Argentinian customers, allowing them to transact, purchase, and sell cryptocurrencies on Bybit’s platform. Also, the platform will be available in Spanish, the native language of the country.

Regarding this development, the exchange declared:

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Taking into account the level of penetration and the rapid growth in the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Argentina, Bybit has made this decision, which is due to the importance of the Argentinian market in the Latin American region.

Due to all of this, Bybit considers it is the right time to expand its operations to the country, given that there is an opportunity for onboarding users still new to the cryptocurrency movement.

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Argentinian Crypto Appeal

In recent years, Argentinians have been getting closer and closer to crypto, with this phenomenon starting after the government established limits to the number of dollars citizens could exchange, establishing a foreign currency exchange control, similar to the one established by the Venezuelan government before that. Inflation numbers have also influenced the interest in this new, alternative financial system.

The exchange is betting that this newfound interest in crypto, due to national and international market conditions, will power the demand of Argentinian users in the near future for new applications. About this, Gonzalo Lema, director of Bybit operations for Argentina, stated:

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Although macroeconomic conditions have become a factor in increasing the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Argentina, as the customer base grows, interest in other potential uses of these assets will increase, such as the possibility of receiving remittances or even paying for goods and services with them.

The company will offer all of its available services and investment instruments in Argentina, and an APY of 22% on Dai deposits, to Argentinians registering before July 11.

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What do you think about the new expansion plans that Bybit has for Argentinian markets? Tell us in the comments section below.

Sergio Goschenko

Sergio is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Venezuela. He describes himself as late to the game, entering the cryptosphere when the price rise happened during December 2017. Having a computer engineering background, living in Venezuela, and being impacted by the cryptocurrency boom at a social level, he offers a different point of view about crypto success and how it helps the unbanked and underserved.

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John McAfee’s Body Is Still In A Spanish Morgue A Year After He Passed, His Widow Wants Answers

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John McAfee’s Body Is Still In A Spanish Morgue A Year After He Passed, His Widow Wants Answers

A year ago on June 23, the anti-virus software tycoon John McAfee was found dead in a Spanish prison after Spain’s high court approved McAfee’s extradition to the United States. Today, McAfee’s body is still in a Spanish morgue as a legal case involving an independent autopsy is yet unresolved.

John McAfee’s Controversial Death Investigation Is Still in Limbo

The now-deceased cryptocurrency proponent and anti-virus software tycoon John McAfee’s corpse is still in the morgue after an entire year has passed since his alleged suicide. McAfee reportedly took his own life on June 23, 2021, after he was wanted for tax evasion by U.S. law enforcement officials. At the time, a Spanish high court authorized McAfee’s extradition to America to face the tax-related criminal charges.

Before Spain’s high court approved the preliminary extradition ruling, McAfee was arrested in October 2020 at Barcelona–El Prat Airport. McAfee was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He was charged by SEC for his involvement in promoting initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the DOJ charged him with “tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns.”

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After his death a number of conspiracy theories started showing up on social media and forums that said he allegedly activated a dead man’s switch. McAfee told people on many occasions that he would never take his own life and that if he was found dead by suicide it really meant he was “whacked.” McAfee had the word “whackd” tattooed to his body and he also released an ERC20-based token called “whackd (WHACKD).” The smart contract was called “Epstein,” and a number of theories stemming from several Q Anon members and 4chan posts attempted to connect the dots.

Tech Entrepreneur’s Widow Still Believes ‘John McAfee Did Not Kill Himself’

Janice McAfee, the anti-virus software tycoon’s widow, doesn’t believe her husband committed suicide, and the family’s attorney Javier Villalba told the press that Janice wanted an independent second autopsy after Spanish authorities completed the official autopsy. The second autopsy had not yet been granted and a local judge denied the request. While McAfee’s remains still rest in the Spanish morgue, the family has appealed the Spanish high court judge’s decision as Janice believes the official autopsy was incomplete.

“It’s difficult to put into words what life has been like this past year,” McAfee’s widow Janice explained on Thursday. On her Twitter page, Janice said: “One year ago today John McAfee was stolen from us. [He was] a champion of freedom [and] privacy, the world is a much darker place without him.” One of Janice’s hashtags in the tweet also said “#johnmcafeedidnotkillhimself.”

A judge in Spain further ruled that until the independent autopsy appeal is complete, McAfee’s corpse cannot be delivered to the family. Catalonia’s court officials did not respond to comments about the situation, but a Spanish justice department official said that it was unusual for bodies to be kept in a morgue for so long.

What do you think about the fact that John McAfee’s body still remains in the Spanish morgue? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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