Binance.US to suspend services in Washington on the 20th of August

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  • Binance.US announced that it would halt operations for Washington customers starting on August 20th, citing tightened regulatory pressure.
  • Washington is the latest state to suspend Binance.US’s operational license.
  • The US exchange has also suspended onboarding new clients in Georgia, Connecticut, Ohio, and Minnesota

Binance.US, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, announced a halt of its cryptocurrency services to Washington users due to tightened regulatory oversight by state lawmakers. The exchange lost its operating license, forcing the company to halt services and onboarding of new Washington customers starting on August 20th.

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Washington withdrew the exchange’s license and operation permits following the regulatory crackdown on the exchange. This is the eighth time the exchange has suffered under tight regulatory oversight in the entire U.S. jurisdiction. Other states suspended, revoked, or failed to renew the firm’s permits and working licenses after Changpeng Zhao, alias CZ, Binance’s former CEO pleaded guilty to violating anti-money laundering regulations.

Binance.US was established in 2019, and its operations are independent of those of Binance.com. However, the firm licenses Binance’s operating software, branding, and logos. US regulators have accused the exchange of commingling funds with Binance.com, especially after CZ’s imprisonment. CZ was sentenced to four months in prison after the plea.

North Dakota revokes Binance.US’s money transmitter license

In June, North Dakota revoked the exchange’s money transmitter license, forcing Binance.US to permanently suspend fiat and crypto-related transactions for North Dakota clients. The state also cited the exchange’s lack of transparency and poor cooperation with authorities. Oregon also followed suit and suspended Binance.US’s money transmitter licenses. 

Binance.US has also suspended onboarding new users in Georgia, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Ohio. 

The U.S. SEC cracks down on Binance

The recent regulatory developments by individual states like Washington follow a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Binance. 

The SEC accused Binance.US of failing to comply with regulatory protocols as an exchange, a digital asset brokerage, and a clearing agency. The U.S. SEC also highlighted the exchange’s inadequate protocols meant to curb wash trading, manipulative trading, and money laundering. The SEC attempted to freeze Binance.US’s assets in June, but a judge rebuffed the claims.

India also put the exchange in the spotlight on June 21 after imposing a hefty fine for facilitating digital asset services in violation of the jurisdiction’s anti-money laundering regulations. India’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) hit the crypto exchange with a $2.25 million fine, which is approximately 188.2 million rupees. 

The Indian regulator also highlighted that Binance’s poor anti-money laundering protocols could be overridden, and criminals could ultimately finance terrorism. The FIU had also banned Binance’s operations for 4 months and imposed an additional $2 million penalty in January for failing to register with the FIU and comply with all Indian laws.


Cryptopolitan reporting by Collins J. Okoth

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