Bahamian Attorney General Ryan Pinder released a statement earlier today to address the situation with bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, which was headquartered in the island nation.
In his address, which was live-streamed on Facebook, AG Pinder, who also serves as the Bahamas’ Minister of Legal Affairs, detailed the actions taken by the government since FTX’s collapse. This address was also an attempt to reinstate investors’ confidence after the shocking scandal.
Civil and criminal investigations against FTX
The Attorney General revealed that the bankrupt exchange was currently under active investigation. “We are in the early stages of an active and ongoing investigation,” he said, adding that the probe involved both criminal and civil authorities.
The Bahamas Securities Commission, the Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Financial Crimes Unit of The Royal Bahamas Police Force have actively been looking into the circumstances of FTX’s collapse. These agencies were also investigating any potential violation of Bahamian laws.
AG Pinder criticizes FTX’s new CEO
In his 23-minute address, Pinder informed investors that the nation’s financial regulators moved “swiftly” and suspended FTX’s license following the exchange’s downfall. He further added that the government had appointed provisional liquidators and seized FTX’s assets on behalf of the creditors.
“It is important for me to share this summary of what took place, because over the last few weeks, the basic facts have been obscured by guessing games and rumors.”
AG Pinder further alleged that the statements by FTX’s new CEO, John Ray III, had “misrepresented the timely action taken by the Securities Commission and used inaccurate allegations.”
According to a report published by Reuters earlier this month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York had launched an investigation into the mishandling of customer funds by FTX. The exchange also faced probes by the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.