The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shuttered an alleged scam that promised to generate most of its income from bitcoin mining and invest in cryptocurrencies and other assets, the agency said Monday. 

According to the SEC’s complaint, 86-year-old Joy Kovar and her son, 54-year-old Brent Kovar, have raised over $12 million from at least 277 retail investors through their Las Vegas-based company Profit Connect Wealth Services since May 2018. 

The mother-son duo allegedly told investors that Profit Connect invested in Forex, stocks and other assets “to diversify its income stream from the company’s’ main income source of blockchain mining.” The Kovars touted the ability of a supercomputer and artificial intelligence to generate 20%-30% fixed returns per year with monthly compounding interest. 

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Instead, the SEC alleges that the Kovars transferred…

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