Binance Freezes $1 Million Corporate Accounts Due To Law Enforcement Requests
Major exchange Binance has confirmed that it has restricted access to the account of $1 million worth of crypto by Tezos staking rewards audit firm, Baking Bad, “due to a law enforcement request.”
The Tezos contributor alleges that the exchange has been blocking access to corporate accounts containing Bitcoin, ETH, MATIC, USDT, and other tokens since July 1 “without any explanation” but was refuted by Binance.
The exchange said:
It is not clear to which authority the law enforcement agency Binance was referring, given that the exchange and its subsidiaries operate in many countries around the globe. Baking Bad’s LinkedIn page shows that the platform is based in Estonia, where many crypto-related services companies are subject to additional Anti-Money Laundering restrictions starting in February.
Binance has previously shown respect to the many regulatory and law enforcement agencies that have imposed sanctions on entities and individuals based in Russia after the start of the war in Ukraine.
These actions are understandable on the one hand. As a company that thinks in global categories, the exchange must make every effort to extend and scale up its operations. It will not be feasible to develop as vigorously and comprehensively as the exchange without complying with the legislative acts of the jurisdictions, getting permits, and answering the requirements of law enforcement services.
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