Binance in Shock: US Justice Demands Heavy $4 Billion Fine

Tue 21 Nov 2023 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Fenelon L.
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Binance is currently going through a delicate period in the United States. According to the latest information from Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Justice is demanding $4 billion from the exchange to settle its investigation into allegations of money laundering and other suspected illegal activities.

Negociations tendues entre Binance et le ministère américain de la Justice

Tense Negotiations Between Binance and the U.S. Department of Justice

The crypto exchange platform Binance is the subject of a long-standing investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for money laundering, bank fraud, and sanctions violations. According to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg this week, the DOJ is demanding no less than $4 billion from the company to end the prosecution.

Discussions between Binance and the Department of Justice have been ongoing for several months with the aim of reaching an agreement resolving the criminal investigation directed against Changpeng Zhao (CZ) and his Exchange, the largest in the world in terms of transaction volumes. To date, neither Binance nor the Department have officially confirmed the amount of $4 billion, coming from sources close to the case.

The upcoming statements from CZ on this matter could have a major impact on the crypto market. For now, the company appears ready to cooperate with the U.S. justice system.

Although colossal, the sum of $4 billion is not out of reach for Binance, valued at over $300 billion. This could allow the Exchange to turn the page on its legal woes, at least in the United States. The company is also under investigation by the SEC and the CFTC.

An out-of-court settlement with the Department of Justice would send a positive signal and remove the sword of Damocles above the head of CZ. Binance could then focus on improving its regulatory compliance and expanding its business, particularly in the United States where it is seeking to obtain operating licenses in various states.

The outcome of this case between Binance and the U.S. justice system will be decisive for the future of the platform and its leadership position in the crypto ecosystem. A fine, however large it may be, would be preferable to a lengthy criminal trial with unpredictable consequences. So this is definitely a case to follow very closely.

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Fenelon L.

Passionné par le Bitcoin, j'aime explorer les méandres de la blockchain et des cryptos et je partage mes découvertes avec la communauté. Mon rêve est de vivre dans un monde où la vie privée et la liberté financière sont garanties pour tous, et je crois fermement que Bitcoin est l'outil qui peut rendre cela possible.


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