SEC Accuses Binance.US of Non-Cooperation in Ongoing Investigation

SEC accuses Binance.US of non-cooperation in the ongoing investigation. Binance.US's production of unintelligible documents and refusal to produce essential witnesses raises concerns. The SEC also questions Binance.US's use of Ceffu wallet custody software. Latest accusations follow an internal crisis at the exchange.

Posted 8 months ago in Blockchain


Image: SEC accuses Binance.US of non-cooperation in the ongoing investigation against the crypto exchange.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Binance.US of non-cooperation in the ongoing investigation against the crypto exchange, according to a court filing dated Sept. 14.

The SEC in its court filing noted that Binance.US’s holding company called BAM has produced only 220 documents during the discovery process. Many of the submitted documents under the Consent Order “consist of unintelligible screenshots and documents without dates or signatures.”

SEC added that BAM has refused to produce essential witnesses for deposition, instead agreeing only to four depositions of witnesses it has unilaterally deemed appropriate and said: The SEC also raised concerns over Binance.US's use of Ceffu, wallet custody software provided by the global entity Binance Holdings Ltd.

The SEC noted that BAM made inconsistent statements about Ceffu’s and Binance’s involvement in the wallet and customer funds management. SEC said that BAM first claimed Ceffu was BAM’s wallet custody software and services provider but later stated that Binance was BAM’s wallet custody software provider. The regulators raised concern that the crypto exchange's usage of Ceffu violates a prior agreement meant to prevent funds from being diverted abroad.

The SEC filed a lawsuit against Binance on June 5, pressing 13 charges against the crypto exchange including unregistered securities offerings, the Simple Earn and BNB Vault products, and its staking program. The SEC claimed that Binance.com, Binance.US, and BAM Trading should have registered as clearing agencies, broker-dealers, and exchanges, respectively. The unregistered offer and sale of Binance.US' staking-as-a-service programme required BAM Trading to register as a broker-dealer as well.

The latest accusations by the SEC against Binance.US come amid an internal crisis at the exchange. The Binance.US CEO Brian Shorder joined the long list of top Binance executives leaving the firm this year followed by the resignation of the head of legal and the exchange’s chief risk officer within days.

Binance.US didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments.

Collect this article as an NFT to preserve this moment in history and show your support for independent journalism in the crypto space.

Magazine: US and China try to crush Binance, SBF’s $40M bribe claim: Asia Express

Last updated 9/15/2023, 5:54:39 AM

0
0
Flag
3 Views
cbefbbbc-c0d7-4000-ad65-d22bf96c466d

Related Articles


Related Questions

News Letter

Subscribe to the CryptoCat.ai newsletter to stay updated with the latest cryptocurrency news, insightful articles, market trends, and more – delivered directly to your inbox!




Twitter

Is email too old school? Well you can get your news directly on twitter just by following us

https://cryptocat.ai