This Is How Much Binance and CZ Will Actually Have to Pay to Settle With the CFTC

Major crypto exchange Binance will pay $2.7 billion in disgorgement and penalty to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), thereby concluding the regulator’s enforcement action against the company. Binance founder and former CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) will also pay $150 million to the regulatory watchdog. CFTC’s Case Against Binance Comes to an End In a … Read more

US DOJ Charges 4 Individuals for Laundering Over $80M From Crypto Investment Scams

The United States Justice Department (DOJ) has charged four people for their alleged roles in laundering millions of dollars from cryptocurrency investment scams. According to a press release from the DOJ, the four individuals, Lu Zhang of Alhambra, California, Justin Walker of Cypress, California, Hailong Zhu of Naperville, Illinois, and Joseph Wong of Rosemead, California, … Read more

Hodler’s Digest, Dec. 10-16 – Cointelegraph Magazine

Top Stories This Week BlackRock revises spot Bitcoin ETF to enable easier access for banks BlackRock has revised its spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) application to make it easier for Wall Street banks to participate by creating new shares in the fund with cash rather than just crypto. The new in-kind redemption “prepay” model will … Read more

Tether Releases Letters Sent to US Senate Committee: Details

Tether, the company behind the largest stablecoin, has released the two letters it had sent to the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and House Financial Services Committee. The letters are specifically addressed to pro-Bitcoin Senator Cynthia Lummis and Rep. French Hill. The main goal of Tether’s letters is to address issues … Read more

SEC Denies Coinbase’s Rulemaking Petition, But Some Agency Commissioners Disagree

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has responded to Coinbase’s petition, seeking a tailored regulatory framework for the crypto market, stating that the rulemaking petition is “unwarranted.” However, two out of the five Commissioners disagreed with the decision, believing the agency should engage in robust public conversations that could result in rulemaking or … Read more

Nirvana Finance Hacker Pleads Guilty, Will Forfeit Over $12 Million in Stolen Funds

A former senior security engineer, Shakeeb Ahmed, pled guilty to the hacking incident on the decentralized finance yield protocol, Nirvana Finance, along with another unnamed decentralized exchange (DEX). Ahmed will also forfeit over $12.3 million in stolen assets, with the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York (SDNY) describing the case … Read more

CoinList to Pay OFAC $1.2 Million in Settlement Over Allegations of Violating Sanctions

Cryptocurrency exchange and token listing platform CoinList agreed to pay the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of Treasury over $1.2 million in settlement relating to violations of the agency’s Russia/Ukraine sanctions. According to OFAC, while CoinList mostly abided by several compliance measures, the platform still opened accounts for users … Read more

Popular Exchange Hosting 100K Ripple (XRP) Giveaway: Details

TL;DR Uphold is hosting an XRP giveaway to conclude 2023, offering 100,000 XRP to one winner and 1,000 XRP each to 25 participants. Eligibility requires a minimum of $20 in trades on the platform, with no limit on entry count. The giveaway is exclusive to US residents, continuing a series of similar events held by … Read more

New Deadline Date for Invesco Galaxy’s Spot Ethereum ETF Revealed as SEC Postpones Decision

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended its decision on whether to approve or disapprove a spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF) application by investment management company Invesco and crypto financial services firm Galaxy Digital. The SEC gave a 45-day extension, allowing itself until February 6, 2024, to make its decision on the product. … Read more

Important Ripple (XRP) Update Four Months Before the SEC Trial

TL;DR Ripple’s New San Francisco HQ: Ripple opens new global headquarters in San Francisco, showcasing commitment to stay in the US amid its SEC legal battle. Legal Dispute with SEC: Ripple’s ongoing legal dispute with the SEC involves allegations of selling over $1.3 billion in unregistered XRP securities, with significant developments favoring Ripple in 2023. … Read more