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BitMEX Appoints a New Chief Compliance Officer With AML Background

100x Group, the organization that owns and operates the popular Bitcoin derivatives platform BitMEX, has appointed a new Chief Compliance Officer – Malcolm Wright.According to the official announcement, Wright will lead the company’s compliance efforts globally. He will assist with BitMEX’s goal to complete its User Verification Programme and to “further enhance our compliance function.”Wright has a 30-year experience in compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) and currently sits on...

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BitMEX CTO Samuel Reed Released On A $5 Million Appearence Bond

A few days after being charged and arrested by the US Department of Justice, BitMEX CTO Samuel Reed has been released on a $5 million appearance bond.His release came with two conditions. Those are: Reed has to appear for court proceedings, and if convicted, to “surrender to serve a sentence that the court may impose.”The statement also informed that the $5 million bond is secured by $500,000 in cash. As reported by CryptoPotato last week, BitMEX owners and executives came unto scrutiny from...

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The Big Winners: $145 Million Worth Of Bitcoin Transferred From BitMEX to Binance and Gemini Following CFTC Fiasco

Cryptocurrency investors have withdrawn approximately 45,000 bitcoins from the derivatives exchange BitMEX following the recent charges brought by the US CFTC. A sizeable portion of the massive amount has ended up on two rival exchanges – Gemini and Binance.CFTC Charges Against BitMEX OwnersAs CryptoPotato reported last week, the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission pressed charges against the owners of the popular derivatives exchange BitMEX. The CFTC charged Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo,...

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19% of All Bitcoins Stored On BitMEX Withdrawn After The CFTC Charges

Recent data revealed that cryptocurrency traders had withdrawn the first batch of 23,200 BTC (worth over $240 million) from BitMEX in the initial hours following yesterday’s developments.This substantial amount represented about 13% of all bitcoins held on the popular Bitcoin derivatives exchange.The Glassnode data indicated that this is the “largest hourly BTC outflow from BitMEX” since the company keeps track. Bitcoin Withdrawals on BitMEX. Source: GlassnodeThe withdrawals accelerated in...

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CFTC Charges Four Men With Crypto Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed charges against four individuals – three in Texas and one in Florida. All four of the figures have been accused of defrauding investors through a bitcoin scam that has resulted in more than $1 million in lost funds.The CFTC Isn’t Playing AroundThe CFTC has named the bad actors as Joel Castaneda Garcia, Mayco Alexis Maldonado Garcia, Cesar Castaneda and Rodrigo Jose Castro Molina. The four represented a company known as Global Trading...

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Institutional Investors Are Rushing to Bitcoin in Droves

For some time now, people within the crypto space have been stating that institutional investors are rushing into the crypto arena and looking to trade digital assets. Following news that Grayscale had traded more than $1 billion in bitcoin during its second quarter, it seems like many other institutional firms have been looking to get a piece of the crypto action.Institutional Investors Keep Heading for the BTC HillsIn other words, it does look like institutional investors are rushing to get...

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Crypto Wallet Abra Settles with the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have charged both Abra and Plutus Technologies for swapping securities and selling unregistered shares to retail customers. Both companies have agreed to settle the charges and pay fees of more than $150,000 each to clear their names.Abra Agrees to SettleIn a statement, Daniel Michael – chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit – explained:Businesses cannot ignore...

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The CFTC Can’t Find the Leader of a Near $150 Million BTC Scam

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) says it is having trouble locating a man named Benjamin Reynolds, a person allegedly responsible for a bitcoin theft of $147 million or more.The CFTC Is Trying to Find an Alleged Scammer That’s MIAReynolds first initiated the scam in 2017. As the director of the cryptocurrency investment firm Control Finance in the United Kingdom, Reynolds initially sought to get people on board by guaranteeing returns of 45 percent or more on whatever they...

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US CFTC To Establish “Holistic Framework” For Cryptocurrencies To Promote Innovation

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a new set of regulations for derivatives assets, including cryptocurrencies. The agency is developing comprehensive rules for digital assets to promote innovation in the field.CFTC’s New Legislation For CryptocurrenciesThe CFTC is the US’s derivatives regulator. According to the chairman, Heath P. Tarbert, derivatives, including futures, swaps, and options, “provide critical risk management and price discovery tools that can promote...

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CFTC Files For Default Judgment Against Director of $147 Million Bitcoin Scam

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has submitted a document to the New York Southern District Court to secure a default judgment against Benjamin Reynolds, the director of alleged fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme Control-Finance.According to reports from Finance Feeds, Reynolds failed to plead or defend the CFTC’s action, thus forcing the regulator to obtain a Certificate of Default against the defendant.The commission initially filed a lawsuit against Control-Finance and its...

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