Ex-Binance CEO CZ Receives Four-Month Sentence | Crypto News

Former Binance CEO Sentenced to Four Months in Prison for Money-Laundering Violations

Changpeng Zhao, the former chief executive of Binance, has been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to violating US money-laundering laws at the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle, who rejected prosecutors’ request for a three-year term.

Failure to Prevent Illegal Transactions

Zhao, once considered the most powerful person in the cryptocurrency industry, pleaded guilty to failing to take required anti-money-laundering measures. US officials stated that Zhao looked away from transactions that supported child sex abuse, the illegal drug trade, and even “terrorism.” Binance allowed over 1.5 million virtual currency trades totaling nearly $900 million that violated US sanctions.

Regret and Apology

“I failed here,” Zhao admitted before the judge issued the sentence. “I deeply regret my failure, and I am sorry.” Despite Zhao’s remorse, prosecutors argued that a three-year prison term was necessary to uphold the law and prevent similar violations in the future.

Changes and Compliance

Zhao’s lawyers argued that he should receive no prison time, highlighting his efforts to improve compliance at Binance before stepping down. Zhao himself expressed regret for not establishing necessary compliance controls sooner but stated that Binance has since implemented stringent anti-money laundering measures.

Moving Forward

As Zhao serves his four-month sentence, the cryptocurrency industry continues to face scrutiny over compliance and regulation. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of following anti-money-laundering laws and preventing illegal transactions within the industry.

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