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Bahamas Attorney General reveals active civil and criminal investigations against FTX

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Bahamas Attorney General reveals active civil and criminal investigations against FTX

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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. 

He said,

“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.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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