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Huobi, Bitfinex and other exchanges allegedly directly/indirectly linked to laundering/mixing of Bitcoins

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Huobi, Bitfinex, and other exchanges are allegedly linked in laundering/mixing of Bitcoins
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On 19 May, 2019, @Whale_Alert tweeted a transaction of 2000 BTCs between Bitfinex and an unknown wallet, which after in-depth research by a Twitter user, confirmed that it was linked with wash-trading, mixing and laundering of funds. The funds circulated over various exchanges like Bitfinex, Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, and others, raise serious questions regarding AML laws and more.

The flagged transaction was sent from 1HL5rZWw5rGzFAB1mThEMxwazEBtWigs7B to two distinct addresses.

The Twitter user, @Proofofresearch, flagged this transaction and revealed the exchanges involved [directly or indirectly]. The user tweeted,

The user flagged a few addresses in the clusters which sent a significant amount of funds, shown in the image attached below.

Source: Twitter | CryptoMedication

The entity 145631092, as seen in the above chart, the funds sent by Huobi from this cluster ended on July 21, 2017. Another wallet “17hf5H8D6Yc4B7zHEg3orAtKn7Jhme7Adx”, linked to having transactions with Huobi has one particular transaction that stands out as it has an op_code named “People! help!”, which was transferred on March 30, 2019.

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The wallet address “19V5joogtZCCj3YWcP9pNT8eKLSZybc1Kq” has only four transactions in total. Upon checking the previous transaction for this address, the transaction with hash “bee4795db198230d6baad2e9dbba42b597c635b2471101641cce99e1ff0e91e4” stands out, since it is linked to darknet market places, the user tweeted.

Source: Twitter | CryptoMedication

Further, the address “3M1QVCjXn38AUdUxbLCH4WUZc1ai72ZKgr” that sent funds to the above-mentioned wallet, has a strong connection to darknet market places like the Hydra Market place.

Source: Twitter | Cryptomedication

The source of these funds was directly linked again with Hydra Market place, with the user tweeting,

The Twitter user further alleged that the addresses linked to these clusters were attached to fraud and some user[s] was “selling accounts at Coinbase/Huobi/Bittrex/Binance.” The Twitter user also urged the compliance team of the respective exchanges to close these flagged accounts ASAP.

The user added that all the funds linked to darknet market places were later deposited in Huobi exchange, which according to the user, gets mixed by Huobi.

Additionally, the user added,

“There are zero customers involved in any of these transactions at this point. That much is obvious. These addresses are not functioning as customer deposit addresses. That’s a guarantee. Funds go to Binance/OKex/Poloniex/BTCBox.com… By FAR, Okex is the most frequent recipient of funds from these Huobi-controlled addresses. Please keep in mind that these are not deposit addresses. These are addresses where Huobi is literally mixing the funds and sending them to other exchanges for some reason.”

One particular address connected to Bitfinex in this fiasco, “1LSgEKji3ZoGdvzBgkcJMej74iBd38fySb,” has received 1 million Bitcoins, according to the user. The user added,

“As stated before, Binance/Coinbase/Bitfinex/Huobi/Bittrex/Coinbase/”Bitbank”/Bithumb/OKex are all pals in this laundering scheme together. They mix and mash funds and operate in a symbiotic fashion – replenishing stores when necessary… In this case, Huobi’s hands are dripping if there’s such a thing as catching someone ‘red-handed’.”

Ambcrypto has reached out to the exchanges for a comment on the allegations. The article will be updated as the story develops.

 





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ErisX goes all hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market

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ErisX’s CSO, Matt Trudeau, detailed the company’s four important plans for the future, which includes launching a spot market, to secure a Bit License, DCO, and to launch a futures market.

ErisX currently has a DCM contract, which is a Derivative Contract Market that allows ErisX to run a CFTC-regulated futures exchange. However, ErisX aims to get a DCO [Derivatives Organization], which will effectively allow it to run a CFTC-regulated clearinghouse. A clearinghouse would mean that ErisX can take control of the custody of the assets and clear and settled trades.

The CSO explained the benefit of this, stating,

“There is some efficiency for firms like producers [like mining companies]; if they need to hedge their inventory or need liquidity on a spot market, they could do that conveniently on a single platform. “

Trudeau added that from the “post-trade standpoint” and “the collateral management standpoint,” ErisX would have cash, crypto, and the futures, all stored in their clearinghouse. This would boost efficiency since it would be available for all customers under a single platform. The CSO added,

“… so there is some efficiency in terms of managing collateral, if you don’t have assets on  multiple platforms, it can all be in our clearinghouse.”

Apart from the aforementioned plans, Trudeau added that the crypto-industry needs to mature more and that ErisX plans to make a significant contribution to that. He added,

“The market is professionalizing and we think that in terms of what institutions are expecting from a trading/custody experience, we will bring some of the solutions to the market and that’s really the foundational pieces that they are looking in order to build their businesses on top of us.”

Apart from ErisX, LedgerX has also received a go-sign from the CFTC to settle Bitcoin Futures in Bitcoins. Other exchanges include Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and Seed CX.





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