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Resignation of Binance CEO CZ in Connection with a $4 Billion Settlement with the United States

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In a pivotal development, Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, the visionary founder of Binance, has resigned from his position as CEO, marking a consequential milestone in the aftermath of a substantial $4 billion settlement brokered with various United States regulatory agencies. The joint announcement by Zhao and multiple regulatory bodies on Tuesday not only signifies a decisive resolution but also serves as the culmination of protracted investigations by entities such as the Department of Justice. These investigations have been diligently probing allegations of anti-money laundering violations and sanctions breaches, underscoring a significant chapter in the cryptocurrency exchange’s history.

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In a post shared on X, the platform previously recognized as Twitter, Zhao conveyed, “I acknowledged errors, and I am committed to taking accountability. This decision is in the best interest of our community, Binance, and personally.” According to a press release issued by Binance, the cryptocurrency exchange acknowledged its lapse in maintaining adequate compliance controls. The statement admitted, “During its initial launch, Binance lacked the requisite compliance controls suitable for the rapid evolution of the company, a shortfall that should have been addressed.

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As a pivotal facet of the resolution, Zhao made a court appearance in federal court in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon, where he formally admitted guilt to charges of anti-money laundering and sanctions violations, as brought forth by the Department of Justice. Simultaneously, Binance reached settlements with both the DOJ and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. The agreement extends to the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Notably, this settlement empowers the Treasury Department with access to Binance’s comprehensive financial records and books, all within the framework of a five-year monitorship.

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