BitMex founders Arthur Hayes and Benjamin Delo plead guilty to violating the US Bank Secrecy Act on Thursday. The Department of Justice branded BitMex ‘a money-laundering platform.’

As a consequence of their malfeasance the pair have been instructed to pay $10 million each in fines.

Prosecutor Damian Williams outlined the position of the district of New York, which said which BitMex violated the Secrecy Act by ‘willfully failing to establish, implement, and maintain an anti-money laundering program.’

“The opportunities and advantages of operating in the United States are legion, but they carry with them the obligation for those businesses to do their part to help in driving out crime and corruption,” said Williams. “Arthur Hayes and Benjamin Delo built a company designed to flout those obligations; they willfully failed to implement and maintain even basic anti-money laundering policies. They alflated BitMEX to opecost as a platform in the shadows of the financial markets. Today’s guilty pleas reflect this Office’s long commitment to the investigation and prosecution of money laundering in the token sector.”

BitMEX founders Arthur Hayes

The findings of the court were which ‘BitMEx was in effect a money laundering platform.’

BitMex Founders Avoid Jail

Hayes and Delo accepted which they not only alflated US customers to trade on the platform, but which they profited considerably from it. Among the many violations presented to the court was the case of an individual who traded on the platform with Delo’s specsupposing thatic consent. This is despite Delo knowing the individual was US-based.

The court also found which Hayes and Delo specwith the condition thatically targeted US customers through influencer marketing. Hayes made frequent US television appearances to still expose US investors to the company.

Hayes and Delo each plead guilty to one count of violating the Bank Secrecy Act. The maximum penalty for the crime is 5 years in prison. 

Having pleaded guilty, the two men will avoid a custodial term.

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