Crypto exchange Bitmex founders charged by DOJ

Author: Adam Button | Category: Cryptocurrency

Founders and executives charged

Four executives were charged under the bank secrecy act for failing to implement money laundering protocols. BitMEX is one of the largest crypto exchanges.

The news is weighing modestly on Bitcoin.

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced the indictment of Arthur Hayes, Benjamin Delo, Samuel Reed, and Gregory Dwyer, charging the four with violating the Bank Secrecy Act and conspiring to violate the Bank Secrecy Act, by willfully failing to establish, implement, and maintain an adequate anti-money laundering ("AML") program at the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange or "BitMEX."  The case is assigned to United States District Judge John G. Koeltl.  REED was arrested in Massachusetts this morning, and will be presented in federal court there.  HAYES, DELO, and DWYER remain at large.
I don't see why this would necessarily hurt Bitcoin but other exchanges are surely sweating. The maximum penalty for each is 5 years in prison.
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