REGINA â€” Political intrigue and hints of hacking crept into a Regina securities hearing focused on an upstart Bitcoin company.
â€œDo you have anything against the Conservative Party?â€� lawyer Cloudesley Rook-Hobbs asked Thursday in cross-examining the investigator who dug into Dominion Bitcoin Mining Company Ltd.
The lawyer referred to Dominionâ€™s president Peter Voldeng, a former Saskatchewan Party president, and to Dominionâ€™s chairman Jason Dearborn, a former Sask. Party MLA. He also noted, Jim Gibbon, also involved in the company, once ran for Edmonton city council.
But securities investigator Harvey White said his interest was the activities of Dominion Ââ€” not anyoneâ€™s politics. The line of questioning by Dearbornâ€™s lawyer was ended by objections to its relevance.
As the second day of the hearing drew to a close amid more objections and accusations, one hearing panel member remarked on â€œthe convoluted set of facts.â€�
The confusion isnâ€™t over the controversial cryptocurrency, but what was or wasnâ€™t public on Dominionâ€™s website. Itâ€™s alleged Dominion and the three founders violated the Securities Act by publicly advertising or soliciting sales of securities on the site without proper registration, not filing a prospectus and by making misleading claims.
Some of the references that caught Whiteâ€™s attention in particular were statements about