Tether in trouble again after reportedly cooperated with Bitfinex and issued USDT as loans to investors and operated as an unregistered securities operator in New York. More about this information we read in the altcoin news below.
The New York Attorney General submitted a reported where it says that Tether and Bitfinex knowingly issued USDT as loans to investors while operating as an unregistered securities operator. They are also banned from conducting business in New York. Since April, the Attorney General’s office investigated Bitfinex and its partner company Tether and found out that there are about 28 exhibits that are sent to the Supreme Court. According to the NYAG, Bitfinex and Tether issued unsecured loans to multiple investors and they challenged the claim that each USDT is backed one to one by US dollars.
The NYAG also alleged that Bitfinex used Tether’s reserves as a ‘’slush fund’’ in order to patch up an $850 million hole which was caused by losses from the payment processor Crypto Capital Corps. Tether explained that about 74 percent of USDT tokens are backed by USD but the investors remain wary of the loans. Crypto Capital Corps had its bank account frozen by the law enforcement in Portugal, United States, and Poland. After getting the $850 million from Tether, Bitfinex repaid the loan which was documented via ledger entries and the NYAG prosecutors claim that both of the companies used shares of their parent company iFinex.
Tether in trouble again is not surprising since it failed to notify the investors of this arrangement and the company claimed that all USDT were 100% backed by USD in reserves. The NYAG argued that it has jurisdiction over Tether and Bitfinex since they both violated laws which prohibited them from operating in the state of New York.
As explained in some of the best cryptocurrency news sites, Bitfinex and Tether permitted some investors like Galaxy Digital CEO’s Mike Novogratz to trade and redeem USDT at the start of 2019 so both companies opened several accounts at New York Banks. Both of the companies liaised with the accounting firms in the state for routine audits and provided accommodations for senior executives that are living in the city.
Facebook’s Head Of Blockchain Expects Libra To Be Governed By Swiss Law
“Because the (Libra) Association is headquartered in Geneva, it will be supervised by the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (FINMA). We have had preliminary discussions with FINMA and expect to engage with them on an appropriate regulatory framework for the Libra Association.”Marcus also explained that the association wants to register with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network but it is still unclear why does Libra want to settle in Switzerland and not in the United States. The Laws in both countries have similarities. They both allow digital currencies and exchanges, they try to protect the citizens from extortion, money laundering or any kind of illicit activity, they both use their financial legislature to cover the digital currencies and are still trying to determine what exactly is the best regulation for this sector. One of the main differences between the countries is the attitude they have towards crypto. The United States is always looking at crypto with caution while Switzerland has always been welcoming and open. The Federal Assembly which is the legislative branch of the Swiss government voted in favor of the motion to be guided on the application of current laws towards crypto. Also, the country decided to regulate digital currencies within the framework of their existing laws so they do not have special laws for crypto and ICOs. They chose to be flexible and to govern the different types of currencies depending on each case. On the contrary, in the United States, the small business owners, corporations and legislators have been calling for clarity on crypto regulation for many years. In the meantime, President Donald Trump has shared his opinion that he does not find bitcoin as an asset that you should invest in. the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke at the press conference which we reported about in the latest cryptocurrency news saying:
“Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity, like cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs, human trafficking … This is indeed a national security issue. I think to a large extent, these cryptocurrencies have been dominated by illicit activities and speculation.”
27 Libra Partners Pressured To Dump Facebook’s Crypto By Activists
- Open Markets Institute, a think tank that opposes corporate monopolies
- Public Citizen, a left-wing consumer-rights organization
- Demand Progress Education Fund, an internet activist group
- Revolving Door Project, an anti-Trump Democratic consortium
“Facebook is eager to present itself as just one voice of many in the Libra Association. No one is fooled by this subterfuge. There’s a reason that Congressional committees are seeking answers from Facebook officials.”In reality, Open Markets, Public Citizen, Demand Progress Education Fund and the Revolving Door Project say that Facebook merely wants to promote its own market dominance.“Achieving a laudable goal should not be cheapened with a project whose aims are in fact unclear and whose leadership structure is based on fear," the letter featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites reads. The quartet urged all 27 Libra partners to withdraw from the project before they become accomplices in what they describe a "sinister scheme led by Zuckerberg."
“We understand that Facebook is a powerful company and that it has in part generated a climate of fear with its market dominance. But if you collectively withdraw from the project, it will signal that the just-beginning era of digital money will be based on fair rules and democratic deliberation and not intimidation by the powerful,” the letter concludes.
Bank Of Thailand Is Open To Discussions With Libra
“All kinds of new digital money have been emerging, therefore the Bank of Thailand monitors all and don't give favoritism to any particular financial service. Security in financial services is the bank's top priority. It will take time.”The Bank of Thailand governor also said that Libra cannot simply replace the Thai baht, concluding that “Libra cannot just step in and replace all currencies and digital money.” As we reported in our latest cryptocurrency news not a long ago, Libra will likely run up against difficulties entering Thailand mainly because of the local financial legislation which currently exists - and how Libra is seen through that perspective. Aside from the Bank of Thailand, a lot of institutions are ready for Facebook's stablecoin Libra and are apparently accepting it well. The same goes with countries and people - all of which are eager for the release of the Libra stablecoin. For now, the Bank of Thailand governor is not the only one who speaks with concerns over Libra. Facebook's cryptocurrency was also a major topic in the US Senate and our coming altcoin news for its regulation, potential threat to the dollar and the economy in general. In other news, the cryptocurrency market seems to have stabilized and gained a couple of billions. The total valuation now is $291 billion and the 24 hour trading volume is at $62 billion.
Activist Groups Are Urging 27 Libra Partners To Ditch The Project
“Facebook is eager to present itself as just one voice of many in the Libra Association. No one is fooled by this subterfuge. There’s a reason that Congressional committees are seeking answers from Facebook officials.”The anti-Facebook activist groups suggest that the CEO of Facebook is lying when he says that he only wants to launch Libra to help the 1.7 billion people without access to traditional banking services. The groups say that the social media giant only wants to promote its dominance:
“Achieving a laudable goal should not be cheapened with a project whose aims are in fact unclear and whose leadership structure is based on fear. We understand that Facebook is a powerful company and that it has in part generated a climate of fear with its market dominance. But if you collectively withdraw from the project, it will signal that the just-beginning era of digital money will be based on fair rules and democratic deliberation and not intimidation by the powerful.”The libra project, as noted in the latest cryptocurrency news, is constantly under attack mainly because people believe it could be used to facilitate money laundering and drug trafficking.
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