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IRS is Building Hundreds of Crypto Tax Evasion Cases

Hundreds of crypto-related cases are piling up at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s Criminal Investigation division. According to division chief Jim Lee, many of these cases will be made public soon, of which are largely related to tax. Evading Taxes With Crypto As reported by Bloomberg Tax, some of his division’s most common cases are related to off-ramping (exchanging crypto for fiat currency) and non-reporting of crypto-based pay. “In the last three years I’ve really...

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Mustafa Gokiu Guilty of Running Illicit Crypto Business

Mustafa Gokiu – a man living in the town of Sunnyside, New York – was convicted in mid-October by a federal jury in Brooklyn for allegedly running a crypto money laundering and drug scheme. It is stated in court documents that the man laundered BTC units through an unlicensed money-transmitting business. Mustafa Gokiu Guilty of Crypto Money Laundering At the age of 50, Gokiu was found guilty on several charges including money laundering, operating an unlawful money...

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Crypto Money Laundering Case in China Ends

A billion-dollar crypto money laundering case in China has come to an end. Authorities say they busted an illicit group of money launderers who used a total of 40 billion yuan (roughly $5.6 billion in USD) to purchase digital currency funds. China Is the Center of a Major Crypto Money Laundering Case Arrests of over 90 individuals alleged to have been involved in the case recently occurred in the county of Hengyang, which is centered in China’s southern province of Huna....

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Binance Joins Forces With Kazakhstan’s Regulators to Battle Local Financial Crime

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange – Binance – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Financial Monitoring Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Over the course of the agreement, both parties expressed a mutual interest in creating a safe crypto environment in the Asian country and bringing down financial crime in the area. Binance’s Efforts in Kazakhstan The trading venue revealed its intentions to expand in the Central Asian nation at the beginning of...

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China Cracks Down a $5.6 Billion Crypto Money-Laundering Scheme (Report)

Law enforcement agents from Hengyang (a city in the southern Chinese province Hunan) have reportedly busted a criminal group that employed cryptocurrencies to launder 40 billion yuan (approximately $5.6 billion). Over the past several months, China’s authorities halted numerous similar schemes, arresting thousands of people. The ‘Hundred-day Action’ According to a local coverage, the Chinese police arrested 93 individuals in the city of Hengyang on suspicion of laundering...

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Law Enforcement Reclaims $30 Million From Axie Infinity Hack

The blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis announced on Thursday that it has successfully assisted law enforcement in seizing $30 million in crypto stolen by North Korean hackers of the Lazarus group.  The ill-gotten proceeds were connected to the infamous Axie Infinity hack in March – the largest hack in decentralized finance (DeFi) to date.  How the Funds Were Recovered According to the firm’s statement, the event marks the first time that stolen cryptocurrency has ever...

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Crypto Exchange Wazir X Accused of Money Laundering

Wazir X – a large and popular digital currency exchange stationed in India – is currently the subject of a financial probe that executives say they’re cooperating with. At the time of writing, the company’s bank balances have been frozen by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Wazir X Is Being Questioned A spokesperson for the exchange recently stated in an interview: We have been fully cooperating with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for several days and have responded to...

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Israeli Authorities Nab 3 Suspected for Laundering Millions of Euros With Crypto

Israeli authorities have arrested three individuals suspected of defrauding the French state treasury. The undercover investigation was carried out jointly by the Israel police and the Israel Tax Authority over the last few months. Foreign investigative agencies – Europol and the French Police – also cooperated. As per Reuters, the investigators are looking into a potential “large-scale fraud” that they believe was committed against the state treasury in France. The crime,...

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New York’s Thomas Spieker Accused of Crypto Crimes

A man has been charged with bitcoin money laundering crimes in the state of New York. Thomas Spieker – a former party producer – worked with several illicit and dark web clients, many of whom were hackers, drug pushers, and mobsters to hide their illicit gains through cryptocurrency. Thomas Spieker Charged with Crypto Money Laundering It is believed that Spieker laundered as much as $2.3 million worth of bitcoin, the world’s number one digital currency, for several...

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Chainalysis: Crypto Money Laundering Is Still a Big Deal

According to a new document published by blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, nearly $9 billion in crypto funds were laundered last year by cybercriminals. Overall, as much as $8.6 billion was placed in illegitimate projects and companies or washed to appear legitimate. Chainalysis Says Nearly $9 Billion Was Laundered The good news is that while this number is about 30 percent larger than the number witnessed in the year 2020, it is considerably smaller than the $10.9...

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