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BNB remains stable as judge approves Binance’s $4.3B plea deal

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The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled and received a plea from the U.S. attorney regarding Binance and C.Z.

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  • After months, the Binance $4.3 billion plea deal has been endorsed.
  • Additional travel restrictions have also been put in place for Chanpeng Zhao.

According to a recent court document, the legal proceedings against Binance [BNB] and Changpeng Zhao are nearing a conclusion. The document outlines the exchange’s plea deal and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request regarding their former boss.

Amidst all these developments, BNB’s price trend has remained stable.

Judge signs off on Binance settlement 

According to a recently viewed court document, a judge has approved the plea deal submitted by Binance several months ago.

On 23rd February, during a sentencing hearing, Judge Richard Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington endorsed the $4.3 billion plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). 

This deal includes a criminal fine of $1.8 million and a forfeiture of $2.5 million, constituting a financial penalty for Binance’s failure to conduct required due diligence in providing its services. Notably, this settlement is the largest in the history of the DOJ, announced in November of the previous year.

The DOJ had accused Binance of violating sanctions and anti-money laundering laws over an extended period.

As part of the settlement terms, Binance agreed to pay $4.3 billion, appoint an independent compliance monitor, and have its CEO at the time, Changpeng Zhao, step down.

However, in the observed document, the judge has not yet approved any monitor for the exchange.

Former Binance boss to remain in the U.S.

Additional travel restrictions have been imposed on Changpeng Zhao in a related development.

In a filing on 23rd February in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman requested approval from the Magistrate for these restrictions. The prosecutors have asked Zhao to remain within U.S. until his sentencing hearing on 30th April. 

Furthermore, he must provide three days’ notice for any travel to enable the government to raise objections. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has also requested that C.Z. surrender his Canadian passport and all other current and expired passports and travel documents to his legal team.

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BNB moves irrespective

Amidst the controversies surrounding Binance, BNB has managed to maintain a certain level of detachment. An analysis of its trend on a daily timeframe chart showed a recent surge to a level not witnessed in over a year.

However, by the end of trading on 23rd February, it experienced a 1.83% decline, settling at around $375. At the time of this writing, it was trading at about $379, showing an additional gain of almost 1%.

Binance price trend

Source: Trading View


Adewale is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. While he is increasingly fascinating by the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Adewale holds a degree in International Relations. Besides working on insightful articles that touch upon the crypto-space's hottest issues, he finds joy in supporting Manchester United and Afrobeat music.
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