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Binance Negotiating Over $4B to Settle U.S. Criminal Case

Binance Negotiates $4 Billion DOJ Settlement Amid Allegations

Bloomberg News has reported ongoing negotiations between Binance Holding Ltd. and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) discussing a potential $4 billion settlement to address alleged criminal violations. These discussions also hint at the potential for criminal charges against the company’s founder, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao.

The report highlights that CZ resides in the United Arab Emirates, a country without an extradition agreement with the United States. Consequently, any charges filed in the U.S. would likely not lead to CZ’s arrest.

According to the report, Binance is pursuing a “deferred prosecution agreement,” where the Justice Department would file a criminal complaint but refrain from prosecution if the company fulfills three conditions.

Firstly, Binance must pay $4 billion in penalties.

Secondly, it needs to produce a comprehensive document outlining areas of non-compliance with the law. Lastly, a monitoring system would ensure future compliance with laws and regulations, and Binance must adhere to this process.

Both Binance and CZ have faced inquiries and allegations from various U.S. entities, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission earlier this year. Accepting a fine exceeding $4 billion from the U.S. would constitute one of the largest settlements within the crypto industry. However, Bloomberg raises uncertainties regarding potential additional conditions or business obligations accompanying this penalty.

This year, Binance and CZ encountered investigations and accusations from multiple U.S. regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Bloomberg highlights concerns about potential additional conditions or business commitments linked to this penalty.

In June, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against Binance and Zhao, alleging their involvement in evading U.S. federal securities laws through a complex setup.

Binance denied the SEC’s claims, expressing a firm commitment to “vigorously defend” its platform.

In March, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission also sued the exchange, citing “wilful evasion” of U.S. commodities law. The lawsuit accused Binance and Zhao of running an “illegal” exchange and employing a deceptive compliance program.

Zhao responded to these charges, referring to them as an “incomplete recitation of the facts.”

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