About Me

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I am an independent reporter, focused on cryptocurrencies and financial fraud. 

My stories have appeared in Artnet News, Business Insider, The Block, Bitcoin Magazine, Coindesk, Forbes, Modern Consensus, and Decrypt.

I’m a nocoiner, meaning I don’t hold any crypto assets. A few years ago, I had some bitcoin but to borrow from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, “Part of my happiness is not to have worries, so I sold it all and just got rid of it.”

I am available for freelance work, and you can reach me by email here. I’m also active on Twitter and Reddit. I generally agree to interviews. (I was recently featured in this BBC radio show talking about failed Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX.)

Among the hundreds of stories I’ve written on crypto, I’ve picked a few of my favorites and posted them here. (If you are looking for my Quadriga timeline, it’s here.) I also have a crypto news blog.

If you like my work, please consider supporting my writing by subscribing to my Patreon account for as little as $5 a month. 

Recent blog posts follow:

August 2021

Poloniex gets busted by SEC for $10M, and Circle pays — again

Fluffy Pony and the irresistible cookie jar

July 2021

News: EU to make BTC traceable, Circle’s stab at transparency, DoJ probes Tether for bank fraud

Podcast: ‘Target Letter, Tether’ (Amy Castor and David Gerard)

The DoJ’s criminal probe into Tether — What we know

News: Regulators zero in on stablecoins, El Salvador’s colón-dollar, Tether printer remains paused

Binance: Italy, Lithuania, Hong Kong, all issue warnings; Brazil director quits 

Binance: Fiat off-ramps keep closing, reports of frozen funds, what happened to Catherine Coley?

What’s backing Circle’s 25B USDC? Why may never know

Reggie Fowler, man at the center of Tether’s missing funds, ready for trial

News: Tether printer on hold, China’s crypto crackdown, the world hates Binance, El Salvador’s Chivo wallet

RSA Conference goes full blockchain, for a moment

Binance: A crypto exchange running out of places to hide

Notes on NFTs, the high-art trade, and money laundering

June 2021

Michael Peterson, El Salvador, and Bitcoin Beach

El Salvador’s bitcoin plan: take your USD and turn them into worthless tethers

May 2021

Rehost: A day in the life of Stuart Hoegner, General Counsel for Tether

News: Tether—now 3% backed, Binance under investigation, Bitfinex shareholder charged, fickle Elon Musk

Tether’s first breakdown of reserves consists of two silly pie charts

April 2021

News: Tether surpasses 50B, Coinbase lists USDT, reported $2B crypto scam in Turkey

Coinbase lists tether, the world’s dodgiest stablecoin

News: Coinbase Q1 earnings, Signal integrates MobileCoin, GBTC premium in the toilet, Reggie Fowler’s new lawyer

Signal adopts MobileCoin, a crypto project linked to its own creator Moxie Marlinspike

News: Coinbase set to go public, Tether releases meaningless attestation, are NFT sales slipping? 

March 2021

News: I’m writing a book, people are minting NFTs for the lulz, Chuck Tingle calls NFTs a ‘scoundrel plot’

BitClout’s social media experiment is one bad idea on top of another

News: Metakovan unmasks himself, FATF goes after DeFi and NFTs, Coinbase pays CFTC $6.5M over wash trades

WTF is an NFT? Here’s a rundown of the basics

Metakovan, the mystery Beeple art buyer, and his NFT/DeFi scheme

NYAG to crypto companies: ‘Play by the rules or we will shut you down’

February 2021

News: NY gives Tether the boot, Tether leaks, Coinbase financials, MoneyGram dumps Ripple

NYAG/Tether, Bitfinex settlement reveals commingling of funds, years of shenanigans

Tether, Bitfinex to pay $18.5M to NYAG, cease trading in NY

News: MicroStrategy needs more cowbell, Tether surpasses $34B, those laser eyes, Tether collapse doomsday scenario

Proof of work—the reason behind Bitcoin’s horrendous energy consumption

News: Tether prints $1B at a time, Tesla buys bitcoin, Roubini calls Saylor a cokehead, scammers hijack QuadrigaCX website

Nouriel Roubini: ‘Tether is a criminal enterprise,’ SEC should probe Elon Musk’s bitcoin tweets

Tesla spent $1.5B in clean car credits on bitcoin, the filthiest asset imaginable

News: Bitfinex pays off Tether loan, Tether mints $1.8B in a week, Nigerian central bank cuts off BTC services, Elon Musk tweets send DOGE soaring

January 2021

News: Tether surpasses $26B, Elon Musk pumps BTC, Gregory Pepin’s magic trick

Ripple shoots back at SEC claims, takes the Kik route

News: Tether extends doc deadline, starts printing again; GBTC’s premium melts away; Ken Kurson pardoned

‘How can $24B in tethers move a $650B Bitcoin market cap?’ and other mathematically illiterate questions

News: Tether’s offshore Deltec Bank, the Bit Short, NYAG’s document deadline, Tether truthers compare skeptics to QAnon

Larry Cermak and Bennett Tomlin debate Tether’s solvency—transcript with notes

Tether’s Paolo Ardoino and Stuart Hoegner do a podcast—transcript and my comments

Nocoiner predictions: 2021 will be a year of comedy gold

December 2020

News: Bitcoin tops $24,000, Ledger’s gift to SIM swappers, Pornhub only accepts crypto now, FinCEN’s new rule

Judge gives Reggie Fowler 45 days to find new defense counsel

News: Michael Saylor buys bitcoin with abandon, Tether reaches $20B, MassMutual jumps on BTC bandwagon

News: Bitcoin’s new crazy god, Tether’s runaway train, Binance sees $1B profits, STABLE Act threatens stablecoins

Reggie Fowler owes lawyers $600,000

November 2020

News: Bitcoin tops $24,000, Ledger’s gift to SIM swappers, Pornhub only accepts crypto now, FinCEN’s new rule

Reggie Fowler, man linked to missing Bitfinex funds, hoodwinks his own defense team

Are pixie fairies behind Bitcoin’s latest bubble?

News: BTC moons, Reggie Fowler stiffs lawyers, OKEx withdrawals still frozen, Binance gets piles of USDT

Confirmed: Reggie Fowler can’t pay his lawyers

Reginald Fowler’s lawyers want to quit. Did he neglect to pay them?

What’s in Quadriga’s 7th Report of the Trustee? (Hint: mostly admin stuff)

News: Virgil Griffith wants charges tossed, MicroStrategy bets big on BTC, Ledger hacked

October 2020

News: Modern Consensus co-founder arrested, PayPal embraces bitcoin, Peter Schiff in the hot seat

September 2020

Quadriga’s trustee hires blockchain analytics firm

April 2020

Judge to EY: You’re free to hand over Quadriga user data to tax collector

March 2020

Bankruptcy trustee to hand over QuadrigaCX user data to Canada’s tax collector

News: COVID-19 shuts down crypto conferences, Libra activates plan B, investor sues bitcoin miner Canaan

Judge reschedules Reggie Fowler’s trial for next year

Coronavirus: Will crypto conferences survive? What about crypto media?

February 2020

News: Ripple paid Moneygram $11M, weird stuff going on with e-Payments, fraudster tries to buy Perth Glory, another bitcoin ETF bites the dust

We’re in Vancouver for a Quadriga documentary

Reggie Fowler allegedly funded sports league with ill-gotten gains

Personal update: I left my job at Modern Consensus

Documents point to QuadrigaCX using payment processor Crypto Capital

News: Crypto Mom wants to give criminals a head start, IOTA’s meltdown, Lubin’s organism divides

News: Crypto Fyre Fest collapses, Virgil Griffith pleads not guilty, lawyers push to exhume body of Quadriga’s dead CEO

January 2020

The high cost of fulfilling law enforcement requests: Quadriga’s 5th trustee report

Law firm for Quadriga creditors puts pressure on RCMP to dig up Cotten

Personal update: My new gig at Modern Consensus

News: CBDCs are hot, Vodafone pulls out of Libra, more WB21 stuff, Quadriga update

December 2019

Sweet home Alabama — Virgil Griffith free on $1M bail to live with parents

News: Ex-employee sues Kraken, Reggie Fowler to change not-guilty plea, Circle sheds another crypto business

News: Quadriga creditors want Cotten’s body exhumed, NYAG/iFinex standoff continues, Bottle Pay shutting down

November 2019

DOJ arrests Ethereum Foundation coder for teaching North Korea how to launder money, evade sanctions

July 2019

News: Bitmarket CEO turns up dead, Bitfinex to NYAG: ‘Yeah but no but,’ more weirdness from Tron

News: Former Wex CEO arrested, CFTC probes BitMEX, Facebook’s Libra grilled in Washington

News: NYAG calls Bitfinex out, Bitfunder founder off to jail, Roubini pissed at Bitmex

June 2019

My story in Decrypt: “QuadrigaCX CEO traded millions in fake funds to fund luxury lifestyle, alleges trustee”

I wrote “Bitcoin ATMs — Why Vancouver doesn’t want them”

CLAM flash crash forces Poloniex to socialize $14 million worth of BTC in losses—what happened

The HODLcast: “QuadrigaCX with Amy Castor and David Gerard”

May 2019

News: LEO is getting pumped, Cryptopia scrambles to save its data, Poloniex says it’s stopped ignoring customers

“QuadrigaCX traders lost money on Cryptopia on the same day in January” —my first story for Decrypt

News: Kraken sets out to raise millions, Circle is cutting staff, Bitfinex scores another tiny victory in court

Turns out, you can make money on horse manure, and tethers are worth just that

QuadrigaCX Trustee’s Preliminary Report: ‘Yup, looks like your money’s all gone’

News: $250 million longs wiped out by bitcoin whale, Binance reopens withdrawals, Bitfinex set to trade LEO

NY Supreme Court Judge: Bitfinex may not touch Tether’s reserves for 90 days

Reginald Fowler, man tied to missing Bitfinex funds, out on $5 million bail

News: Money laundering in real time, Binance has you covered, maybe, and Bitfinex is ready to IEO with LEO

Binance hacked to the tune of $41 million, but no worries, funds are SAFU

Bitfinex to NYAG: You have no authority! We did nothing wrong!

The HODLcast: A deep dive into Bitfinex with Amy Castor

NYAG: Bitfinex needs to submit docs and stop dipping into Tether’s reserves

News: More Bitfinex drama, Crypto Capital, a dodgy football businessman and a relationship coach

US Government wants man at center of massive “cryptocurrency scheme” held without bail

April 2019

New York Attorney General: Bitfinex is hiding $850 million in losses

TalkGold — the ponzi forum where Quadriga’s Patryn and Cotten first met

News: Craig Wright files more libel suits, exchanges respond by delisting BSV, and Arwen launches

Judge extends Quadriga’s creditor protection, and EY squabbles with third-party payment processor

News: 51-foot yacht for sale, Bitfinex enables margin trading with Tether, and Fake Satoshi threatens legal action

Quadriga: Patryn, Cotten, and Midas Gold—a Liberty Reserve exchanger

News: EY goes after Quadriga’s payment processors, more exchange hacks, and the SEC tells us what we already know

EY recommends Quadriga shift to bankruptcy, moves to preserve Robertson’s assets, and wrestles with payment processors

I’m in a podcast—“Why Won’t Amy Castor Just Shut Up About QuadrigaCX!”

March 2019

News: WB21 rebrands, Patryn is without a doubt Dhanani, and Quadriga creditors now have a committee

CipherBlade CSO and founder Richard Sanders responds

Blockchain analytics firm CipherBlade steps in to launder ShapeShift’s image

News: Quadriga’s law firm steps down, WB21 bullies another reporter, and Tether admits it’s running a fractional reserve

Quadriga’s representative withdraws from CCAA hearings over potential conflict of interest

News: I’m speaking in Vancouver, Kraken’s obsession with Quadriga, and Patryn may have been trading on BitMEX

On and (literally) off the road to Quadriga—our perilous drive to Halifax

Court grants Quadriga a 45-day stay and approves appointment of a new mouth to feed: a chief restructuring officer

Third EY monitor’s report on Quadriga reveals empty bitcoin cold wallets and a dribbling of new funds

Diving into WB21, the company holding $9 million of Quadriga money

February 2019

‘Platform error’ blamed for BTC being sent to Quadriga’s dead CEO’s cold wallet

Two law firms appointed to represent QuadrigaCX creditors

News: Quadriga, Quadriga, Quadriga

How the hell did we get here? A timeline of Quadriga events

News: Quadriga has gone bust, Kik is fighting back, and tether rose to fourth place, briefly

Social media startup Kik is kicking back—at the SEC

News: Radio silence from QuadrigaCX, wash trading doesn’t pay, and KYC data turning up on the dark web

January 2019

News: ETC hacker returns money, Constantinople can wait, and a new twist in the QuadrigaCX saga

The curious case of Tether: a complete timeline of events

News: ETC hit by 51% attack, Tron is a marketing machine, and India’s banks want nothing to do with bitcoin

After impressive claims, image rights platform KodakOne still has a lot to explain