Last Updated: 10 November 2022
The US Department of Justice is to investigate the collapse of crypto exchange FTX. The Wall Street Journal reports that.
The number of investigations into the US exchange is mounting. Federal regulators have set their sights on the exchange after liquidity problems were revealed.
Colleague Binance briefly thought about acquiring FTX, but is now walking away from the deal anyway. This leaves customers hanging between shore and ship. What will happen to their depostios?
Shortly after the news, Bankman-Fried told investors that they reportedly need $8 billion to continue operating. Otherwise, they would risk having to file for bankruptcy.
Altruism doesn't care about building any assets and managing it to last long-term. I always laugh when CT says @SBF_FTX will support Crypto projects long-term bcuz of his investments. #BTC is still here and who knows where #FTT going after what's coming pic.twitter.com/jrqIg94Q3I
— EAZI LIFE (@EaziBoboCrypto) November 9, 2022
Now, it is announced that the US Department of Justice will also look into the case. What exactly they will do is not known. The Justice Department spokesperson also did not want to comment on an investigation by Coindesk.
What is known is that regulators want to know whether US customers could trade in derivatives products, while neither FTX or the US entity FTX.US have both failed to register with federal regulators.
It was also revealed earlier that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are keeping an eye on things. They are particularly curious to know whether FTX handled its customers’ funds correctly.
Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX’s founder and CEO, tweeted earlier this week that his company was “fine” and that all assets were safe. The tweet has since been deleted and the opposite seems to be the case.