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Ian Freeman Sentenced for Selling Bitcoin Without License, Judge Swats Down SEC Appeal in Ripple Case, and More — Week in Review

Free Talk Live co-host Ian Freeman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for selling bitcoin without a license, the SEC has taken in a loss in its push for interlocutory appeal against Ripple, and a verified “Satoshi” handled has stirred up controversy and debate on social media site X. This and more just below in the latest Bitcoin.com News Week in Review.

Free Talk Live Co-Host Ian Freeman Sentenced to 8 Years for Running Unlicensed Bitcoin Business

Free Talk Live Co-Host Ian Freeman Sentenced to 8 Years for Running Unlicensed Bitcoin Business

Following his conviction for unlicensed money transmission, money laundering, and tax evasion at the close of December 2022, Keene dweller, libertarian activist, and Free Talk Live co-anchor, Ian Freeman has been sentenced to eight years behind bars this Monday. His fellow Free Talk Live co-host, Mark Edge, explained that an appeal is poised to trail the verdict.

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Ripple Gains a Victory as Judge Torres Rejects SEC's Interlocutory Appeal

Ripple Gains a Victory as Judge Torres Rejects SEC’s Interlocutory Appeal

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s interlocutory appeal in the regulator’s lawsuit against Ripple, noting the SEC failed to explain why her prior decision was faulty. Torres set a trial date for April 2024 to address the remaining issues.

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‘Verified Satoshi' Handle on X Triggers Debate Among Bitcoin Circles, Elon Musk Called to Act

‘Verified Satoshi’ Handle on X Triggers Debate Among Bitcoin Circles, Elon Musk Called to Act

On the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), an account created in 2018 is causing a lot of uproar as the account is called “@satoshi,” and has a verified check mark confirming its identity. A few bitcoin influencers have called on Elon Musk to remove the account’s checkmark, and others, including a Community Notes post, suggested the account is associated with the Australian Craig Wright.

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SEC and Other Regulators Issue Crypto Investment Warnings

SEC and 5 Other US Regulators Issue Crypto Investment Warnings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and several other top financial regulators have issued several warnings regarding investing in crypto assets as part of this year’s World Investor Week. “The risk of loss for individual investors who participate in transactions involving crypto assets, including crypto asset securities, remains significant,” the regulators stressed.

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