DEBT Box and other defendants in a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit want the case tossed after the court found the agency lied to secure a temporary restraining order against them.
“The SEC got this case wrong. Badly wrong,” lawyers for Digital Licensing Inc., which does business as DEBT Box, told Utah federal court Judge Robert Shelby in a Dec. 4 motion to dismiss. “The SEC should not be allowed to continue to spin a false narrative to avoid dismissal.”
The SEC won a temporary restraining order to freeze DEBT Box assets on Aug. 3, claiming the firm would remove evidence and secretly transfer assets overseas if they were notified the order would be imposed on them.
The agency accused the firm of perpetrating a $50 million fraudulent crypto scheme. DEBT Box sold software mining licenses tied to real-world assets which the SEC claimed were unregistered securities.the defendants refute this claim.
“Not only are such allegations false, but they also fail to meet the basic pleading standards,” it wrote in its latest motion.
A Utah federal court reversed the asset freeze on Nov. 30 saying the SEC misrepresented evidence by claiming DEBT Box closed bank accounts and intended to move to the United Arab Emirates and escape the SEC’s jurisdiction.
The court found the firm didn’t close the bank accounts, and a $720,000 transfer the SEC alleged was sent overseas was actually sent domestically.
The SEC “misrepresents the state of law regarding crypto assets” in its “fatally flawed pleading,” DEBT Box said.
The SEC’s misrepresentation resulted in the issuance of a “show cause order” by Judge Shelby, mandating the regulator to provide reasons why they should not incur penalties for its actions.
SEC’s ‘shocking’ behavior deserves punishment, says Ripple executives
Ripple’s chief technology officer, David Schwartz, said the SEC’s behavior is “shocking.”
“The SEC went to a judge seeking an emergency order to paralyze several businesses and blatantly misrepresented facts to get it before anyone on the other side could defend themselves,” he said in a Dec. 5 X (Twitter) post.
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Pro-Ripple lawyer John Deaton hopes the regulator will be forced to pay up for the damage done to DEBT Box.
The Debt Box case is a great example of why Judge Netburn felt COMPELLED to announce to the world that lawyers at the SEC “lack a faithful allegiance to the law” and do or say anything to advance its own agenda.
In Debt Box the SEC successfully obtained a temporary restraining… https://t.co/Qr2jrOyb1J
— John E Deaton (@JohnEDeaton1) December 5, 2023
DEBT Box’s four principals — Jason Anderson, his brother Jacob Anderson, Schad Brannon and Roydon Nelson — and 13 other individuals were included in the SEC’s action.
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