Jacob Wohl Finds Religion In Maryland Strip Mall, Goes To Dark Side of Unregistered Cryptocurrency Craze

Jacob Wohl finds religion in a strip mall where a former missionary firm now trades cryptocurrencies

Jacob Wohl appears to have found a new career. The self-described “financial expert,” whose expertise includes having been banned for life from membership in the National Futures Association, was briefly named Chief Operating Officer of KrossCoin, a cryptocurrency trading business. After announcing on the website that Wohl was COO and proclaiming on Twitter he had cleared a background check, KrossCoin took down the job announcement posting and now says he is no longer involved in management.

In addition to being banned by the NFA, Wohl recently settled securities fraud charges with Arizona regulators but has yet to pay that fine, according to regulatory proceedings and published reports.

But the teenage trading sensation featured on Fox Business Network now appears to have found a new religion: cryptocurrencies.

KrossCoin not sure of the spelling of Annapolis, Maryland, the location where its global headquarters are located

For Wohl, finding his calling in KrossCoin might not have been a big of a leap for the teen sensation. But physically finding KrossCoin’s location might be more of a challenge because the firm misspelled Annapolis (Annepolis) on its website.

Wohl’s next career adventure, specifically, is anchored at 1125 West St #200, Annapolis, Maryland, the global headquarters for KrossCoin, according to their website. The firm is located in a strip mall with a big screen TV retailer and is down the street from Carlson’s Donuts and Thai Kitchen – with donuts and Thai food itself an odd combination – and a short walk to the Annapolis National Cemetery on West Road in the city best known for training the world’s sharpest naval minds.

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It is unclear statistically how many companies misspell the name of their headquarters location on the website, but one would imagine it is low.

Wohl is personal life coach for KrossCoin CEO and Wohl, the COO, was only in an “honorary role”

When KrossCoin CEO Efaso Ighodaro was asked if he was aware of enforcement actions against Wohl, he initially claimed to be unaware even after being sent links to official regulatory documentation. He eventually acknowledged, however, that Wohl “may have made some indiscretions” after being pressed with evidence.

“Jacob Wohl is one of my personal life coaches and the role of COO was an honorary position,” Ighodaro said in an email to ValueWalk, marking a rare moment in history when a chief operating officer was considered an “honorary position.”

“I decided to remove his name from the role and from the website (and soon whitepaper, version 2.0 coming) for discretionary reasons,” he said. “He still is a respected mentor to me.”

The Krosscoin Twitter feed claims Wohl cleared a background check

KrossCoin appears to be soliciting for derivatives and equities business, in violation of regulatory guidelines

KrossCoin claims to be a “consumption-based token framework” that enables payment to be made via a “Pipdroid app family” that “provides mobile execution and management of cloud-based (crypto) trading bots.”

KrossCoin’s website claims to offer automated trading of “forex, commodities and stocks,” but this could present a problem:

The only user-launched mobile algorithm trading platform, Pipdroid lets traders access Metatrader by launching MQL5 Expert Advisors (EAs or bots). Traders can automate trading of forex, commodities and stocks. Some transactions consume KSS.

Up to now, automated trading requires maintaining complex technical infrastructure, monthly recurring costs, plus large initial up front bot program cost. Pipdroid reduces costs significantly and offers easy, state-of-the art mobile trading at your fingertips.

The problem with such claims is the firm is not registered with any US regulator, according to CFTC SmartCheck. Anyone offering trade execution services to retail investors and collecting a commission must be registered with either the NFA for derivatives and FINRA for stocks. It is unclear the extent to which Krosscoin solicited listed derivatives and securities transactions to individual retail investors and traders.

Jacob Wohl, on the edge of regulatory guidelines once again.

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About the Author

Mark Melin
Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s strategy and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is also Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence and Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies. - Contact: Mmelin(at)valuewalk.com

1 Comment on "Jacob Wohl Finds Religion In Maryland Strip Mall, Goes To Dark Side of Unregistered Cryptocurrency Craze"

  1. In before he’s pardoned (& promoted to Prince Of Everything) by Dotard.

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