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CFTC Ordered Polymarket to Pay $1.4 Мillion in Penalties

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ordered Polymarket – a decentralized platform that allows users to bet on the outcome of current events – to pay a $1.4 million civil monetary penalty. The agency claimed that the company did not seek a Designated Contract Market (DCM) or Swap Execution Facility (SEF) registration. CFTC on the Hunt Again According to an announcement by the government agency, Polymarket must also “wind down” all markets displayed on its website...

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UK Man Charged with Bitcoin Scam, Incurs Huge Financial Penalty

Cryptocurrency fraud is and always has been a problem in the financial space, but it’s rare that a scam of this magnitude comes along. A man in the U.K. is being ordered to pay a financial penalty of approximately $571 million by a U.S. court following the implementation of a phony bitcoin operation that saw him earn more than 22,000 BTC from unsuspecting victims. A Major Bitcoin Scam Occurred Four Years Ago The penalty is being enforced by the Commodity Futures Trading...

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Coinbase Gets a Slap on the Wrist from the CFTC

Popular leading cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is getting some guff from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the form of a $6.5 million penalty. Coinbase Is Forced to Pay a Fine The trading platform is being accused of providing misleading accounting information to the organization and for inflating trading figures. In addition, a former employee that no longer works with Coinbase is being accused of a tactic called wash trading, so what does all this...

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US Court Orders Man to Pay $572 Million After Running a Global Bitcoin Scam in 2017

After several years of investigation and court proceedings, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a request by the CFTC to fine the mastermind behind a multi-million-dollar Bitcoin scam.According to an official press release issued by the CFTC. The Court ordered Benjamin Reynolds, owner of Control-Finance LTD, to pay more than $572 million in compensation for his fraudulent activities regarding a Bitcoin scam.Another Multi-Million Dollar Bitcoin Scam From 2017As...

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Coinbase to Pay a $6.5 Million Fine Upon Wash Trading Accusations by the CFTC

Just before its direct listing, Coinbase has agreed to a 6,5 million-dollar fine after the CFTC found that the exchange engaged in illegal wash trading practices.The CFTC found that Coinbase could be engaged in trading practices that provided misleading information to services like Coinmarketcap and the CME Bitcoin Real Time Index. This happened via the improper use of trading bots and even irregular actions by one unidentified worker.According to Acting Director of Enforcement Vincent...

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CZ Binance: CFTC’s Probe into Binance US is FUD

The world’s leading crypto exchange, Binance, is purportedly being investigated by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allowing residents to trade derivatives without the necessary registration. Although Binance CEO CZ called the development “FUD,” the crypto market reacted with a sudden price drop. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported the CFTC had begun an investigation aiming to determine if Binance has violated any US rules. More specifically, the...

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Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager and a Former CFTC Chairman Reportedly Invested in Crypto Firm

Christopher Giancarlo, the former CFTC Chairman, also known as “crypto dad,” and the billionaire hedge fund manager Marc Lasry have reportedly invested an undisclosed amount in the cryptocurrency and blockchain investment company BlockTower Capital.Crypto Dad and Hedge Fund Manager Invest in Crypto FirmFounded in 2017, BlockTower is an investment firm focusing on allocating funds in various cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. The company has recently received backing and investment from...

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BitMEX Appoints Former Bank Of China CCO As Non-Executive Board Director

The restructuring within the BTC derivatives exchange BitMEX continues with the addition of Wai Kin Chim as an Independent Non-Executive Board Director of 100x Group. Additionally, the former Chief Credit Officer (CCO) at the Bank of China and the company’s recently appointed CEO will join the board of directors as of February 1st.Former Bank of China Exec Heads Over BitMEXAccording to a recent BitMEX statement, the appointment of Chim aims to enhance the company’s initiatives on...

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Coinbase Pro To Disable Margin Trading From December Citing CFTC Guidence

The Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal published a post earlier informing customers that the popular exchange will seize offering margin trading.Clients will not be able to place margin trading orders starting from 2 p.m. PT on November 25th, 2020. At the same time, the platform will cancel all open limit orders.The San Francisco-based exchange will disable the margin trading feature fully at the end of November, “once all existing margin positions have expired.”According to the...

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BitMEX To Enhance Its Trade Surveillance and AML Capabilities Following CFTC Fiasco

The popular Bitcoin derivatives exchange BitMEX has taken a step towards improving its trade surveillance and AML efficiency endeavors by collaborating with Eventus Systems. Founded in 2013, Eventus is a global provider of multi-asset trade surveillance and market risk solutions.  BitMEX will integrate the cloud-based version of the Eventus Validus platform with its already existing processes in the upcoming weeks. As a result, the exchange will “be able to more efficiently...

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