June 15, 2021

Bitfinex and Tether Settles Dispute With NYAG With $18.5 Million Penalty; Gets Barred From New York

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iFinex owned Bitfinex and Tether lastly settled with NYAG today after nearly a 2-year long court battle. NYAG has actually implicated Bitfinex of abusing $850 million worth of funds and attempting to cover it by means of borrowing from Tether.

NYAG in its official declaration stated, An

arrangement with iFinex, Tether, and their associated entities will need them to cease any further trading activity with New Yorkers, in addition to force the companies to pay $18.5 million in charges, in addition to needing numerous actions to increase transparency.

The main statement from Attorney General James likewise shed light on long-drawn theories about Tether’s USD reserve claiming the company lied about its reserve. He stated,

“Bitfinex and Tether recklessly and unlawfully covered-up enormous monetary losses to keep their scheme going and protect their bottom lines,” stated Attorney General James. “Tether’s claims that its virtual currency was totally backed by U.S. dollars at all times was a lie.

The declaration further included that NYAG would forbid Bitifinex and Tether from running in New York.

This week, we’re taking action to end Bitfinex and Tether’s prohibited activities in New York. These legal actions send a clear message that we will withstand corporate greed whether it comes out of a conventional bank, a virtual currency trading platform, or any other type of financial institution.”

Office of Attorney General’s Investigation Reveals Tether and Bitfinex Shady Dealings

An investigation started by the Attorney General Office discovered claims of Tether about 100% reserve going back to 2017 and 2018 to be totally false. The investigation discovered that Tether got no support from any bank in 2017 to back its reserves when it released an audit report declaring to have 100% reserve.

The examination likewise found that Bitfinex dwelled in dubious third-party negotiations when banks didn’t lend their service. The exchange suffered a substantial loss to the tune of $1 billion while moving customer’s cash by means of a third-party payment processor called Crypto Capital Corp back in 2018. When reports of liquidity crisis emerged but the exchange soft-pedaled all such reports.

The report highlighted,

Bitfinex reacted to prevalent public reports of liquidity issues by misguiding the marketplace and its customers. On October 7, 2018, Bitfinex claimed to “not completely understand the arguments that purport to reveal us insolvent,” when, for months, its executives had been pleading with Crypto Capital to return nearly a billion dollars in assets.

Even after submitting the suit versus the firm, they continued misinforming the investors and examination agencies regardless of having no idea about the fund.

iFinex in addition to its associate company Bitfinex and Tether has been disallowed from operating or providing any sort of service in New York.

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