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Arrests have begun in Korea in a case involving the laundering of billions in the biggest crypto exchanges in Korea

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Law enforcement authorities in South Korea have begun making arrests in a case involving abnormal bank transfers linked to the biggest crypto exchanges in Korea.

The South Korean prosecutor’s office has made its first arrests in the investigation of over $3 billion in illegal cryptocurrency-related transactions. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing the prosecutor’s office in Daegu.

As you know, Korea bans cryptocurrency. It is reported that law enforcement authorities have detained three suspects in the creation of fictitious companies to conduct the business of trading cryptocurrency without a license. According to the prosecutor’s office, the detainees are also suspected of providing false data to banking organizations for arbitrage totaling $307 million.

As noted by the media, the detainees are being held as part of a case of billions of dollars in transfers through major Korean banks since February 2021. As a reminder, the editorial board wrote that two Korean banks (Woori Bank and Shinhan Bank) had anomalous $3.1 billion worth of currency transactions, with local regulators claiming that cryptocurrency exchanges and a certain local trading company were involved in most of the transactions.

In fact, the investigation against the banks is linked to the collapse of the Terra ecosystem. The media revealed that the Korean financial regulator contacted the banks just a week after prosecutors raided seven of the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges in a case involving the collapse of the blockchain ecosystem.

As the editorial wrote, prosecutors seized transaction records as well as other material from the Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone, and other exchanges. In addition to the trading venues, prosecutors also raided eight other locations, including the offices and private property of those involved in the case.

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Korea begins blocking bitcoin holdings of Terra founder

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The South Korean prosecutor’s office appealed to local cryptocurrency exchanges to block the assets belonging to Terra founder Do Kwon. Bloomberg writes about it citing law enforcement officials.

The prosecutor’s office sent demands to cryptocurrency exchanges KuCoin and OKX to freeze a total of 3,313 BTC worth about $67 million, which are owned by Kwon through Luna Foundation Guard. Representatives of KuCoinand OKX at the time of writing had not officially commented on the reports about the blocking of Kwon’s assets.

According to Bloomberg, citing research firm CryptoQuant, the LFG wallet address was created on September 15. After its creation, a total of 3,310 BTC were moved to KuCoin and OKX. Meanwhile, back on September 14, the South Korean prosecutor’s office announced an arrest warrant for Terra coin.

Meanwhile, Do Kwon continues to assure the cryptocurrency community via Twitter that he is not hiding from law enforcement. Moreover, the founder of Terra even questioned whether he was wanted by Interpol. He noted that he still can’t find himself on the Interpol wanted list.

Earlier we reported that the head of Celsius Network, Alex Mashinsky, had resigned.

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Revolut and cryptocurrency news: Revolut received a license from the UK regulator for cryptocurrency services

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Fintech broker Revolut can now provide cryptocurrency services in the UK thanks to a license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This is reported on the website of the regulator. Revolut and cryptocurrency were not previously linked. 

In fact, the broker received approval from the regulator back on Monday, September 26, but it has become known only now. Before the license, Revolut provided cryptocurrency services through a temporary permit from the FCA. In addition to Revolut, CEX.IO, Copper Technologies, GlobalBlock and Moneybrain also provided crypto services on a temporary basis.

Revolut has long been exploring the expansion of cryptocurrency-related services. According to Revolut CEO Nikolai Storonsky, the company has been exploring options to introduce new services like Revolut cryptocurrency wallet. Revolut was also looking at integrating cryptocurrency stacking. However, it remains unclear whether the broker still plans to provide such services.

Earlier we reported that the head of FTX wants to buy the assets of the bankrupt Celsius Network.

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U.S. exchange regulator fines Tether auditor company $1.5 million

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Tether auditor company, Friedman LLP, was fined $1.5 million for improper services from 2017 to 2020. This was reported in a press release from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

According to the exchange regulator, the Tether auditing company didn’t properly develop audit procedures in its work for the iFresh product network. The company also didn’t exercise the necessary due diligence in auditing another unnamed company. Although the press release does not explicitly identify Tether, the issuer of the USDTstablecoin, as Tether, Friedman’s firm was Tether’s auditor from just 2017 to 2018.

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Earlier, a New York County court required Tether to disclose the USDT Stablecoin’s collateral and prove the assets linkage to the U.S. dollar. According to the court order, Tether is required to provide the company’s financials, income statements, cash flow statements, and so on. However, the time frame in which Tether must provide the statements is not specified.

The lawsuit is part of a legal battle between investors and Tether’s parent company, iFinex. The plaintiffs believe that Tether manipulated the cryptocurrency market by issuing unsecured USDT with the intention of artificially inflating cryptocurrency prices.

Earlier we reported that Vitalik Buterin announced the release of his book.

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