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The Changpeng Zhao sentence postponed to April 30, 2024!

Tue 13 Feb 2024 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Eddy S.
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Found guilty of money laundering last year, the former CEO of Binance faces up to 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the sentence. Initially scheduled for February 23, 2024, the sentencing of Changpeng Zhao has been postponed to April 30, 2024. His fate remains in limbo, plunging Binance into increasing uncertainty. The coming months are crucial to decide the future of the crypto giant.

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In November 2023, CZ pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in an agreement with the U.S. government. In the agreement, Changpeng Zhao even agreed to step down from his position as CEO of Binance in favor of Richard Teng. Subsequently, Binance paid fines totaling $4.3 billion in this case. 

While prosecutors have mentioned the possibility of seeking the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, recommendations under U.S. guidelines suggest a sentence of about 18 months instead. The sentencing of Changpeng Zhao, who has a bail of $175 million, has already been delayed once. His legal future, therefore, remains highly uncertain.

The Impact on the Future of Binance 

Besides the personal uncertainty of Changpeng Zhao, this case also casts a deep shadow over the future of Binance. In 2021, the exchange was at the pinnacle of its power, processing a daily volume exceeding $10 billion. It was outrageously dominating the global cryptocurrency market.

But following the legal troubles of its founder, Binance has lost a lot of ground to its competitors. Its volumes have dropped to $2-3 billion daily. Most importantly, its reputation has been seriously tarnished. The trust of users and investors has eroded.

The uncertainty is now at its peak regarding Binance’s ability to regain its preeminence in the crypto industry. Everything will depend on the judicial outcome of Zhao and the sentence he will receive. A lenient sentence would offer Binance a chance to bounce back under the leadership of its new CEO.

However, if Changpeng Zhao receives a harsh sentence, Binance’s image could be irreparably damaged. As a symbol of the speculative excesses of the sector, the exchange may struggle to restore trust. Its prospects for future growth could be permanently clouded by this affair.

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Eddy S. avatar
Eddy S.

The world is evolving and adaptation is the best weapon to survive in this undulating universe. Originally a crypto community manager, I am interested in anything that is directly or indirectly related to blockchain and its derivatives. To share my experience and promote a field that I am passionate about, nothing is better than writing informative and relaxed articles.

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