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Binance founder CZ’s sentencing date postponed to late April

TL;DR

  • Binance founder CZ’s sentencing for money laundering delayed until April 30 from Feb. 23.
  • CZ might face 12–18 months in prison but his legal team could seek no jail time.
  • He pleaded guilty to anti-money laundering charges and stepped down as Binance CEO.

The sentencing for Binance founder, Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, has been rescheduled to April 30, as per a notice filed in a Seattle Federal Court on February 12. Originally set for February 23, CZ faces charges related to money laundering and could potentially be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison. Despite initial expectations of a “brief” sentence, the prosecution hinted at the possibility of a harsher punishment, with guidelines allowing for up to 18 months or a maximum of ten years.

Speculations on sentence length for Binance founder

Speculations suggest that CZ might face a 12–18 month sentence in a minimum-security prison under U.S. guidelines. However, his legal team may request no jail time or an alternative sentence combining prison time with home detention and probation. Some experts, including former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official John Reed Stark, believes a longer sentence for the Binance founder is unlikely, given CZ’s circumstances.

CZ is currently out on bail with a $175 million bond and is residing in the United States awaiting sentencing. A U.S. Federal court has barred him from traveling outside the U.S., denying his request to leave for Dubai ahead of his trial. Concerns about flight risk were raised, particularly regarding his ties to Dubai, where his family resides.

Assets and flight risk

CZ offered his equity in Binance.US, valued at approximately $4.5 billion, as security. However, concerns about flight risk were raised, particularly regarding his ties to Dubai, where his family resides. The judge suggested that the Binance founder could be a flight risk if allowed to travel to Dubai, prompting the travel restrictions.

On November 21, CZ pleaded guilty to failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program at Binance. This plea led to a $4.3 billion settlement with the U.S. government for allegedly allowing illicit activities through the exchange. As part of the settlement, CZ stepped down as CEO of Binance.

This rescheduling of CZ’s sentencing adds to the ongoing legal saga surrounding one of the most prominent figures in the cryptocurrency world. As the case unfolds, the outcome will not only impact the Binance founder’s future but also potentially have broader implications for the regulation and oversight of the cryptocurrency industry.

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Nick James

Nick is a technologist with a special interest in Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. He has actively participated in the industry for several years. His main passion is sharing news within the crypto community.

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