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Ripple Executives Want to Prevent SEC from Uncovering Their Financial Information

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Fri, 03/12/2021 - 06:05
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Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen are seeking to quash the SEC’s subpoena for their bank records
Ripple Executives Want to Prevent SEC from Uncovering Their Financial Information
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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen, are seeking to block the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from accessing their personal finances, Bloomberg reports

Earlier this week, the SEC sent subpoenas to six banking institutions to review the bank records of the two high-profile executives that span eight years.       

Garlinghouse and Larsen—who have been named as defendants in the SEC lawsuit against Ripple—are accused of conducting unregistered XRP sales.       

In a letter to Judge Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, their lawyers claim that the personal financial records of the two executives, such as their grocery purchases, are not relevant to the case, accusing the regulator of overreach.   

The SEC has not offered and cannot provide a coherent explanation for why it is entitled to this information.

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The SEC opposes anticipated motions to dismiss  

As reported by U.Today, both Garlinghouse and Larsen sent separate letters to the judge to signal their intent to file a motion to dismiss the SEC lawsuit.

On March 10, the SEC responded to the defendants, claiming that both of them were repeatedly warned that XRP had securities-like traits. In fact, Larsen received such legal memos back in 2012:  

“In 2012, two legal memos warned Larsen that XRP could be considered a security if it was offered and sold under certain circumstances and advised him to contact the SEC to seek additional clarity as to whether XRP was a security.”

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Nevertheless, the executives continued their extremely profitable XRP sales in spite of significant risks.

Furthermore, the SEC says that its complaint “sufficiently alleges” that both Larsen and Garlinghouse engaged in domestic transactions. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.