the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued McAfee for allegedly pumping initial coin offerings (ICOs) without disclosing he was being paid to do so.
McAfee allegedly received BTC and ETH worth more than $11.6 million for promoting seven ICOs in 2017 and 2018.
He also allegedly received $11.5 million in the promoted tokens. The SEC does not name the projects in the suit.
The SEC outlined the securities violations in a filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
According to the SEC, McAfee raised a total of $23.2 million from projects which raised a cumulative $41 million.
“McAfee’s extravagant posts (such as tweeting predictions about BTC price increases and promising to ‘eat my d**k on national television’ if such predictions did not pan out) … generated an enormous amount of publicity,” the SEC said in its complaint.
The SEC is seeking civil penalties and an order prohibiting McAfee from serving as a public officer again in future.
The SEC also sued McAfee’s personal security guard, Jimmy Gale Watson, in the complaint
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