SEC Charges Georgia Resident in Crypto-Related Affinity Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against Keith Crews of Kennesaw, Georgia for conducting an affinity fraud through two entities which he owned and controlled, Stem Biotech LLC and Four (4) Square Biz LLC.

According to the SEC’s complaint, between October 2019 and May 2021, Crews raised at least $800,000 from as many as 200 investors through the sale of “Stemy Coin,” a purported crypto asset. Many of the Stemy Coin investors were solicited through relationships in the African-American and church communities. The complaint alleges that Crews made several misrepresentations to investors, including that Stemy Coin was backed by Stem Biotech’s stem cell technology and other assets, that Stem Biotech had existing operations, products, and partnerships with entities involved in the stem cell industry, and that investment in Stemy Coin would provide substantial dividend returns. None of these statements were true, according to the SEC, and any possible returns on a Stemy Coin investment were highly speculative at best.

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