Binance Allegedly Mixed Customer and Company Funds
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Binance is under fire for allegedly violating U.S. financial rules by mixing customer funds with company revenue. The allegations are made in 2020 and 2021 and involve billions of dollars.
Three reliable sources informed Reuters that between 2020 and 2021, billions of dollars worth of questionable activities purportedly occurred, according to the claims.
On February 10, 2021, Binance combined $20 million from a corporate account with $15 million from a customer account, according to one case report. Three former U.S. regulators recently accused Binance of concealing the location of customer assets by using an ineffective internal control system, resulting in deficient internal controls, according to the allegation.
In spite of this, Binance has disputed the allegations, asserting its accounts were dedicated to facilitating customer transactions. Reports suggest that Binance used Silvergate Bank as a central fixture in its financial operations. In particular, the exchange is said to have combined customer funds with company revenues into a third Silvergate account, which was then converted into the Binance USD (BUSD) token.
Reuters was unable to obtain a response from Silvergate Bank. In March, the bank announced its closure following customers’ withdrawal of deposits amid a period of upheaval. The CFTC has charged Binance with “structuring” transactions in order to circumvent U.S. financial regulations. Simultaneously, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the exchange over money laundering and sanctions violations.
Binance had relied on Silvergate, a small San Diego-based bank, for its U.S. dollar banking services. Reuters emphasized Silvergate’s focus on cryptocurrency lending and its readiness to bank crypto firms in its investigation. Binance has established several offshore accounts in light of increased U.S. regulation over cryptocurrency exchanges in light of this report.
About Binance stablecoin
A day after the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a lawsuit against Binance, the platform was informed of the same. According to sources and documentation obtained by Reuters, Binance is said to have funneled billions of dollars of customer funds into Merit Peak’s business.
Merit Peak is said to use customers’ dollars or euros to create Silvergate Bank accounts and then mix them with other funds before using them to purchase BUSD, a “stablecoin.” Because of their less regulated European financial environment, Binance is said to have pocketed transaction fees and investment gains.
Binance transferred the stablecoins back into the Merit Peak account, in exchange for dollars or other customers’ funds for withdrawal, following these operations. Bifinity, a subsidiary of Binance, converts cryptocurrency into fiat currencies for use on the Binance platform, according to Reuters. Bifinity has shifted a portion of its operations to Lithuania, where it converts cryptocurrency into fiat currencies, the news outlet reported.
- Binance is going all in to capitalize on big firms and investors edging in on low prices. They announced the launch of Binance Institutional, a new flagship platform for VIP and institutional users.
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