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Binance fined by FINTRAC for suspected money laundering breaches

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FINTRAC Issues Regulatory Action Against Binance for Money Laundering Violations

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) has taken regulatory action against the crypto exchange giant Binance for allegedly violating money laundering rules. The regulator found that Binance failed to register as a foreign money services business with FINTRAC and did not report virtual currency transactions exceeding $10,000 in a single trade.

In a statement released on May 9, FINTRAC revealed that Binance Holdings Limited was determined to be a foreign money services business and was fined $6,002,000 for the violations. The regulator identified 5,902 separate occasions between June 2021 and July 2023 where Binance failed to report transactions as required.

This is not the first time Binance has faced regulatory scrutiny. In November 2023, the United States Department of Justice sought a $4 billion plea deal from Binance to settle allegations of money laundering, fraud, and sanctions violations. The deal also included CEO Changpeng Zhao stepping down and paying a $50 million fine. Zhao was later sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to violating anti-money laundering sanctions regulations.

FINTRAC is a key player in Canada’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing in the financial sector. The regulator uses blockchain analytics to identify potential violations and ensure compliance with regulations.

The news of FINTRAC’s regulatory action against Binance highlights the ongoing challenges faced by the cryptocurrency industry in terms of regulatory compliance and oversight. Investors and users of crypto exchanges should be aware of the risks and ensure they are dealing with reputable and compliant platforms.

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