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Binance ex-CEO to remain in US following guilty plea, company faces fines

Published Nov 28, 2023 18:14
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UNITED STATES - In a recent development, Changpeng Zhao, the former CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has been mandated by a Seattle federal judge to remain in the United States. This decision comes after Zhao pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering. His sentencing is scheduled for late February.

Zhao's guilty plea was part of a plea deal reached with U.S. authorities, which was made public last Tuesday. He admitted to violating anti-money laundering laws in a post on a social media platform. Following his resignation, Richard Teng has taken over the leadership of Binance.

The plea deal includes hefty fines for Binance, amounting to over $4 billion, which will be paid to various U.S. Treasury agencies. In addition to the criminal charges, Binance is also facing civil lawsuits from both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). These lawsuits allege that the company had insufficient anti-money laundering protocols and customer identification processes, which reportedly enabled transactions by terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and the military wing of Hamas.

The fallout from these legal issues marks a significant turn for Binance, which has been a prominent player in the cryptocurrency market. The implications of these events are likely to have a lasting impact on the company's operations and the broader cryptocurrency industry, as regulatory scrutiny intensifies.

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Binance ex-CEO to remain in US following guilty plea, company faces fines
 

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