PlexCoin Faces New Fraud Charges from Ohio Grand Jury Author: Jimmy Aki Last Updated: 27 July 2020 The organizers of crypto scam PlexCoin appear to be in hot water with United States investigators once more, as the government files new charges against them. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a press release that a grand jury in Ohio had indicted three top company officials and looked into fraud allegations. A Long History to Get Here As the press release confirmed, the jury had indicted Dominic Lacroix, PlexCoin’s founder, and two other officials — named Yan Ouellet and Sabrina Paradis-Royer. The trio from Quebec reportedly made false statements regarding the firm, inflating returns in a bid to attract investors. PlexCoin is a scam cryptocurrency that got outed two years ago after an indictment from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a September 2018 article from Finance Feeds, the agency sought sanctions against Lacroix and Paradis-Royer after PlexCoin had its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). In a filing with the New York Eastern District Court, the agency charged the pair with violating securities law in issuing the PlexCoin. This charge was one of the industry’s first encounters with the SEC – a trend that will drag on to this day. “The SEC’s complaint charges Lacroix, Paradis-Royer and PlexCorps with violating the anti-fraud provisions, and Lacroix and PlexCorps with violating the registration provision, of the US federal securities laws.” The ICO had allegedly raised $15 million from thousands of investors, promising them as high as 1,354 percent returns in less than a month. However, the SEC claimed that Lacroix had misappropriated the funds that the company raised. In the months following the charge, the SEC pointed out that it had sued Lacroix and Paradis-Royer for securities fraud. The agency had also sent them several court orders, but they never responded to any. Eventually, the SEC filed a motion to compel and a motion for discovery sanctions against them in September 2018. Back to Square One The two parties eventually settled the case last year. According to an agreement, the SEC told the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn in August that the defendants had agreed to pay almost $7 million in fines as part of the deal. The SEC concluded that the defendants had raised $8.2 million through the ICO. Per the agreement, the defendants committed to paying 55 percent of the funds they raised in the ICO — about $4.5 million, which the SEC determined to be their approximate personal gain. Additionally, the agreement compelled Lacroix and Paradis-Royer to pay $1 million in civil penalties each and $348,145.25 for prejudgment interest. Lacroix agreed to receive a ban from acting as a director or an officer of a public company. At the same time, he and Paradis-Royer also got banned from being involved in any future digital securities offerings. As the press release confirmed, the jury had indicted Dominic Lacroix, PlexCoin’s founder, and two other officials — named Yan Ouellet and Sabrina Paradis-Royer. The trio from Quebec reportedly made false statements regarding the firm, inflating returns in a bid to attract investors.