Regulators Crack Down on Unlicensed Blockchain Mining Companies in Australia

Two Australian cryptocurrency mining companies, NGS Crypto Pty Ltd, NGS Digital Pty Ltd, and NGS Group Ltd, have gone into liquidation, leaving over 400 investors out of pocket by more than A$160 million ($104 million). The Australian Security and Investments Commission (ASIC) has filed a civil case against the companies and their directors, accusing them of targeting local investors and converting their funds into cryptocurrency without the necessary license. ASIC has expressed concern about the potential loss of digital assets and has successfully appointed liquidators to manage the NGS companies’ cryptocurrency holdings. One of the directors, Brett Mendham, has been barred from leaving Australia, and ASIC has also taken steps to prevent the NGS companies from offering financial services without authorization.

This is not an isolated incident, as other Australian cryptocurrency entities, such as DCA Capital and Digital Commodity Assets Pty Ltd, are also facing liquidation and court proceedings. These actions were prompted by concerns from investors about mismanagement, lack of proper licenses, and potential breaches of regulations. KordaMentha, the appointed liquidators, has discovered debts totaling A$100 million ($65 million) owed to 100 investors. The assets of DCA Capital’s director, Ashod Balanian, have been frozen, and he has been instructed to surrender his passport.

The Australian regulators have been paying more attention to the cryptocurrency regulatory landscape in recent months. ASIC Commissioner Alan Kirkland has emphasized the need to balance consumer protection, market integrity, and financial innovation in the regulatory framework. Australia has been seen as a country on the verge of a crypto demand “inflection point,” with stablecoins and welcoming policies potentially driving the crypto movement. ASIC Chair Joe Longo has cautioned against investing SMSFs in cryptocurrency and assured Australians of the commission’s commitment to protecting investors through regulatory compliance.

The collapse of the NGS companies and the ongoing legal proceedings against other Australian cryptocurrency entities have highlighted the risks and challenges in the cryptocurrency market. Investors are urged to exercise caution and ensure that they are dealing with licensed and regulated entities. The regulators in Australia are striving to create a balanced regulatory environment that fosters innovation while protecting investors and maintaining market integrity.

Bartie Savell

Bartie Savell

8 thoughts on “Regulators Crack Down on Unlicensed Blockchain Mining Companies in Australia

  1. Trust and confidence in the crypto market can only be achieved through responsible regulation.

  2. This is a wake-up call for everyone involved in the crypto market. We need to prioritize transparency and compliance. 🔔

  3. It’s reassuring to know ASIC is committed to protecting investors through regulatory compliance.

  4. Let’s hope these regulatory efforts in Australia can help build a stronger and more secure crypto market.

  5. I can’t believe I fell for their promises of great returns. It’s a hard lesson learned.

  6. It’s crucial to protect investors and maintain market integrity to foster a healthy and thriving crypto ecosystem.

  7. I invested my hard-earned money in these companies, and now I’m left with nothing. This is devastating.

  8. I hope the investors affected by these incidents can recover their losses and move forward.

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