Coinbase Conundrum – Coinbase, Cryptos Latest Struggle
Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the United States, has reached a settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) for $100 million. The NYDFS had charged Coinbase with violating New York’s virtual currency regulations and failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. According to the NYDFS, Coinbase had engaged in “falsely reporting” the prices of cryptocurrencies and “unlawfully” operating as an unlicensed money transmitter in New York. The NYDFS also accused Coinbase of failing to implement sufficient internal controls to detect and prevent the use of its platform for money laundering.
As part of the settlement, Coinbase has agreed to implement a comprehensive set of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with New York’s virtual currency regulations. This includes strengthening its anti-money laundering program and implementing measures to prevent using its platform for illegal activity. In addition, Coinbase will be required to hire a Compliance Officer to oversee its operations in New York. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said in a statement that the company is “pleased” to have reached a settlement with the NYDFS, and is committed to working with regulators to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Armstrong also apologized for any past mistakes the company may have made and said that Coinbase is committed to “building the best possible platform for our customers.” The settlement with the NYDFS is just the latest regulatory challenge that Coinbase has faced. The company has also been the subject of investigations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the United States, as well as regulatory agencies in other countries.
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