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Brazilian Bombshell: Congressional Committee Recommends Indicting Binance Top Brass

source-logo  crypto-news-flash.com 11 October 2023 12:25, UTC
  • A Brazilian congressional committee has tasked the local authorities to determine if the top Binance officials including CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) should be indicted for running crypto-related Ponzi schemes in the country.
  • Although Binance collaborated with the committee, the exchange rejected any attempts to expose users’ or employees’ info without any proof supporting the allegations.

Leading cryptocurrency exchange by Bitcoin balance and verified registered users, Binance, now faces fresh challenges with the Brazilian regulators after a congressional committee recommended the indictment of four top senior leaders in the exchange.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Brazilian regulators want Binance CEO Changepeng Zhao (CZ) with three local employees indicted for fraudulent management that includes offering unauthorized securities. As a result, the committee has directed the local law enforcement to decide whether to proceed with the indictments or not.

According to one of the congressional committee members, Ricardo Silver, Binance is heavily surrounded by suspicious activities that require closer investigations to avoid a blowout to the investors. Moreover, the collapse of FTX and Alameda Research late last year significantly impacted the Brazilian investors, who have not been compensated to date and a clear path is not yet provided.

Notably, the congressional committee further recommended that the country’s Federal Public Prosecutor’s office scrutinize whether Binance has been tax-compliant through its local unit and a separate arm dubbed Binance Capital Management. Additionally, the committee urged the country’s securities watchdog, CVM, to investigate whether Binance has complied with a stop order on derivative sales.

Binance Fights to Survive in Brazil

Binance has faced notable regulatory scrutiny in Brazil but continues to fight for its position amid the mainstream adoption of digital assets. In August this year, the Brazilian securities regulator rejected an offer of a settlement worth approximately 2 million reais that was proposed by the local Binance executives. As a result, Binance continues to face further probes from CVM relating to the sales of unregistered derivatives.

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In its defense, Binance has noted that it has made notable efforts to comply with the regulators with matters relating to digital assets. However, Binance highlighted that it will not compromise its users’ and employees’ information without any supporting evidence of operating an illegal securities exchange.Binance noted:

Binance strongly rejects any attempts to make Binance a target or even expose its users and employees with allegations of bad practices without any proof, amid competitive disputes given the company’s leadership position in Brazil and the world,”Earlier last year, Binance announced plans to acquire Brazilian securities brokerage company Sim;paul Investimentos, with the plans put on hold due to a lack of proper regulatory approval.

Market Implications and Outlook

The regulatory pressure on Binance has put a notable bearish outlook on its native coin BNB, which had dropped about 1.5 percent in the past 24 hours to trade around $205 on Wednesday.

The Binance ecosystem remains a notable stakeholder in the success of the web3 industry based on its smart contracts infrastructure developments. As of reporting time, the BSC network had about $2.632 billion in total value locked (TVL) and around $5.025 billion in stablecoins market cap.33