Cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform Bitmex has been charged with illegally operating in the U.S. Concurrently, its executives, including CEO Arthur Hayes, have been charged with violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and are facing prison sentences. One of the Bitmex founders has already been arrested.

Bitmex and Owners Charged in US

Federal prosecutors and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) independently announced parallel actions against the cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform Bitmex and its owners on Thursday.

The CFTC has charged five entities and three individuals that own and operate Bitmex with “operating an unregistered trading platform and violating multiple CFTC regulations, including failing to implement required anti-money laundering [AML] procedures.”

The three Bitmex owners indicted are Arthur Hayes, 34, of Buffalo, New York, and Hong Kong; Ben Delo, 36, of the United Kingdom; and Samuel Reed, 31, of Massachusetts. The entities are HDR Global Trading Ltd., 100x Holding Ltd., ABS Global…

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