Blockchain Terminal has been rife with suspicion since its conception and the origins of its ICO in March 2018. The project was designed to construct and provide industrial-standard crypto trading terminals to general users for a low price, but this fact has never been made a reality.
The company was plunged into doubt and allegation at the end of 2018 as it was discovered that the man behind BCT – known as Shaun MacDonald – was actually convicted fraudster Boaz Manor, accused of siphoning $106m USD from a hedge fund in 2012 and imprisoned. He was at the helm of BCT under a fake identity, leading from the shadows as the company’s then-president, Bob Bonomo, assumed the top position in the public eye.
Today, nothing has been realised. The product seems almost non-existent, the token that was sold in ICO in unreleased and the entire company has stagnated.
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The base effort of this project was to build and supply the BCT Terminals – there is no sign that this has actually happened. The website is extremely uninformative and pushes users to buy the terminal at every opportunity. It is devoid of specification, both on what you are actually purchasing, and the specification of the terminal itself.
The product shown at ICO, in promotional material, and by compensated promoters is nothing like the item that BCT are selling today, and dramatic changes have occurred for the worse:
Nothing has been accomplished, and $30m USD of investment has all but disappeared. This project was a non-starter, as other terminals already exist and are readily implemented globally, such as the popular ‘Bloomberg Terminal’, arguably the industry-leader in such items. BCT would have far too much competition to ever be successful.
The BCT token was to be used to provide access to “all the features and tools of the Blockchain Terminal”. It would enable users to purchase and access applications and tools offered on the Terminal’s Fundstore (as per the whitepaper) and would be used to subscribe to services. Further to this, the token would be used to license or purchase applications and pay for entitelments.
However, given that the terminals aren’t actively being used or circulated, this indicates a total lack of utility for the token. It remains unlisted, untraded and worthless. It was merely a tool to gather funds to line the pockets of the senior staff – particular those of Boaz Manor, the aforementioned fraudster.
There is no sign of the funds being used for any of the promised aspects. The development of the BCT appears to have backpedalled, there is no product circulation, and no substantial updates from the team.
As per the whitepaper:
It is also intended that BCT Inc will use proceeds from its sale of the BCT Tokens to fund the further development of the Blockchain Terminal and applications to be available on the Blockchain Terminal, through development agreements with affiliates of BCT Inc.
Therefore, if the terminal isn’t developed, the funds aren’t being used for the project.
No, the tokens were to be used as a simple payment token on the BTC platform, and nothing else.
No, this is a standard ERC-20 token with no innovation.
This is a very shady project, with a suspicious inception and clear lack of delivery. The association with Boaz Manor/Shaun MacDonald is a gargantuan red flag and must be taken into consideration when examining the expenditure of the tens of millions of dollars invested in this project.
As per crypto litigator, David Silver:
“Under U.S. securities laws, the CEO of a company raising funds from the public has an obligation to provide investors true and accurate information. Changing your name, hiding the fact that you were banned from the securities industry in Canada and that you are a convicted criminal who spent up to four years in jail would qualify as material misrepresentations and as actionable conduct under U.S. law.”
There is further concern surrounding the illegitimacy of Manor, as stated in this article:
“As reported by The Star, Portus misappropriated about $106 million and $8.8 million was sent to companies in Hong Kong to purchase diamonds. Those diamonds were picked up by Manor’s sister, according to court documents. Those diamonds are also now missing.”
Every action this company has taken is highly questionable and dubious, and there is nothing to ever come of the investments made into BCT.
If you have been financially impacted by Blockchain Terminal’s ICO, please join this class action with confidence.
- MR. EDITH PARDO MEHLER
- MR. ASIF HAMID
- MR. BOB BONOMO
- MR. SHAUN MACDONALD / MR. BOAZ MANOR
BOARD OF ADVISORS:
- MR. SCOTT WALKER
- MR. CHANCE BARNETT
- MS. CRYSTAL ROSE
- MR. CHRISTIAN FERRI
Approx. funds raised:
About this ICO:
– Token unlisted
– No value
– False advertising
– No sign of product
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