Bitsonic CEO Arrested For Alleged 10 Billion Won Asset Theft
- South Korean cryptocurrency exchange CEO charged with embezzlement of $7.6M in deposits and investment funds.
- Manipulated computer systems to artificially inflate prices and trading volumes of virtual assets to mask mounting losses.
- Transferred cash and virtual assets worth $7.6M by selling crypto-locked products to unsuspecting customers to hide precarious financial situation.
The CEO of South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bitsonic is under fire as prosecutors charge him with a series of grave accusations.
According to the Korea Economic Daily, the CEO allegedly orchestrated the embezzlement of a staggering 10 billion won (approximately US$7.6 million) in deposits and investment funds, sending shockwaves through the cryptocurrency community.
The charges stem from a web of alleged misdeeds. The CEO stands accused of manipulating computer systems to artificially inflate the prices and trading volumes of virtual assets from January 2019 to May 2021. This maneuver is said to have been designed to mask mounting losses when faced with investor withdrawal demands that couldn’t be met.
Prosecutors further allege that in an attempt to hide the truth about the precarious financial situation, the CEO resorted to transferring both cash and virtual assets worth 10 billion won. This transfer was reportedly facilitated by selling crypto-locked products to unsuspecting customers, compounding the web of deceit.
Additionally, the CEO is charged with obstructing his official duties while holding the position of vice president of technology at Bitsonic, leading to an intensification of the legal troubles he now faces.
The Bitsonic CEO’s trial will undoubtedly be closely watched by both the cryptocurrency community and regulatory bodies alike. The outcome of this case will likely have far-reaching implications for the cryptocurrency industry’s credibility and the measures implemented to curb fraudulent practices.
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