Mar 14, 2023 11:38 UTC
Mar 14, 2023 at 11:38 UTC
FBI, NY authorities probes collapse of TerraUSD stablecoin Report
The controversial author of Terraform Labs, Do Kwon, is at the center of the disquisition, despite being believed to be hiding out in Serbia.
The United States Justice Department is reportedly probing the collapse of the TerraClassicUSD( USTC) stablecoin, which contributed to a$ 40 billion wipeout in the Terra ecosystem last May.
Two agencies within the department — the Federal Bureau of Investigation and theU.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York have interrogated former staff at Terraform Labs in recent weeks, according to a March 13 The Wall Street Journal report.
The inquiry covers analogous ground to a action filed against Terraform Labs and its author Do Kwon by theU.S. Securities Exchange Commission onFeb. 16, according to people familiar with the matter.
Among motifs that investigators have asked about was the relationship between Chai, a South Korean- grounded payment platform, and the Terra blockchain on which USTC operated.
The SEC contended in its form contended that Kwon misled investors into believing that Chai deals were reused on the Terra blockchain.
The SEC in its action also indicted Kwon of misleading investors about the pitfalls of the algorithmic- grounded stablecoin, which is designed to be pegged 1:1 to the U.S. bone .
It’s unclear what specific charges the Justice Department is potentially pursuing. The disquisition doesn’t inescapably mean that charges will be filed.
Since the collapse, Kwon reportedly left South Korea for Singapore, Dubai, and now Serbia, where he’s now believed to be, according to South Korean officers. Two South Korean authorities were lately transferred to Serbia to find Kwon but were unprofitable in their hunt attempts.
Kwon, still, claims he’s not “ on the run ” despite the South Korean prosecutors issuing Kwon an arrest leave onSept. 14 and a red notice filed by Interpol, the global law enforcement agency, on Sept. 26.
Kwon told podcaster Laura Shin in October that he has n’t seen a dupe of the South Korean arrest leave, and has continued to deny fraud allegations on social media.
Meanwhile, New York prosecutors are understood to be probing a series of converse- group examinations from former members at Jump Trading, Jane Street and Alameda Research, Bloomberg reported on March 13. Alameda filed for ruin alongside FTX in November.
The disquisition is reportedly looking into whether request manipulation tactics were involved in the TerraUSD stablecoin design.
Cointelegraph reached out to Terraform Labs but didn’t admit an immediate response.