CFTC promises to protect ‚thriving markets for digital assets like Bitcoin

The CFTC is continuing its announcements this week due to a recent fraud.

On Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission made a con man give $7.4 million back to investors while swearing to protect the Bitcoin market.

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According to the announcement by James McDonald, director of the commission’s enforcement division, he said

The CFTC will continue to work to protect our markets, including the burgeoning digital asset markets such as Bitcoin Profit, from fraudulent schemes, and will work in parallel with our criminal police colleagues where appropriate.

Today’s announcement concerns Jon Barry Thomson, who pleaded guilty to commodity fraud for convincing two investors to send him more than $7 million for a Bitcoin investment plan that never materialized. A broader trend continues this week, in which an incredibly active CFTC has taken the helm of a series of law enforcement actions in the cryptomarkets.

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Just yesterday, the CFTC filed charges against Bitmex, the Seychelles-based crypto-currency exchange, for failing to register as a derivatives exchange in the U.S.

BitMex lost 45,000 Bitcoin due to the US government’s accusations, allowing other exchanges to benefit

Gemini, Binance, OKEx and Huobi seem to be the biggest beneficiaries of BitMex consequences.
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BitMex lost 45,000 Bitcoin due to US government accusations, allowing other exchanges to benefit

More than 45,000 Bitcoin have been withdrawn from BitMex since the U.S. government imposed charges against the exchange and its leadership. October 1st brought two devastating blows to BitMex. First, the CFTC and DOJ filed charges against the exchange. Shortly thereafter, its founders (including CEO Arthur Hayes) were indicted by the U.S. government. The market reacted to the news with a sharp drop in many of the blockchain’s largest assets.

BitMex denies the accusations of the CFTC and the Justice Department, says they will continue their operations

This is not the first time in the last months that BitMex has contributed to a downward turn. The exchange began to lose the confidence of its participants after a fall on Black Thursday that prevented users from trading or recovering their assets. While users withdrew more than 100,000 Bitcoins in the six months between that episode and these recent charges, the exodus of the last two days seems to be on an unprecedented scale.

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Bitcoin inputs and outputs in Bitmex 1-2 October 2020. Source: Crystal Blockchain.

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According to data from Crystal Blockchain, in less than 48 hours, net outflows from the exchange have exceeded 45,000 Bitcoin. Meanwhile, Gemini and Binance appear to be the biggest beneficiaries of these outflows, followed by OKEx and Huobi. More than 20,000 BTC have been transferred from BitMex to the last four exchanges.

It’s not clear if BitMex will disappear into the abyss of time like many exchanges before, or if the company will survive to trade another day. Lance Morginn, executive director of the Blockchain Intelligence Group and former special agent of supervision for the Department of Homeland Security, told Cointelegraph that the most likely result would be monetary sanctions and a promise by BitMex executives not to engage in illegal activities in the future.