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Circle and Coinbase call for stricter oversight of Tether amid allegations

TL;DR

  • Coinbase and Circle advocate for stronger U.S. action against non-compliant digital asset firms, highlighting Tether’s alleged involvement in terrorist financing.
  • Tether defends its compliance efforts, stressing cooperation with global law enforcement and adherence to OFAC sanctions.

The cryptocurrency industry has seen increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies and competitors, with Tether, a leading stablecoin issuer, finding itself at the center of controversy. As discussions on regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) efforts intensify, representatives from Coinbase and Circle have highlighted the need for stricter oversight of international digital asset firms, including Tether, amid allegations of facilitating terrorist financing.

Calls for enhanced regulation

During a House Financial Services Committee hearing titled “Crypto Crime in Context,” Coinbase and Circle representatives urged the U.S. government to intensify its crackdown on non-compliant digital asset firms. Grant Rabenn, Legal Director of Financial Crimes at Coinbase, emphasized the U.S.’s need to leverage its existing tools against offshore platforms that dodge AML rules. Rabenn’s remarks underscore the broader industry concern over the ease with which criminals exploit jurisdictional gaps to avoid scrutiny.

Circle’s Senior Director of Global Policy and Regulatory Strategy, Caroline Hill, targeted Tether, accusing it of contributing to terrorist financing. Hill advocated for the government to exercise its authority over entities like Cantor Fitzgerald, which holds a significant portion of Tether’s reserve assets, to prevent misuse. This stance reflects a growing sentiment within the crypto community for greater accountability and transparency among stablecoin issuers.

Tether’s response

In response to these allegations, Tether’s CEO, Paolo Ardoino, defended his company’s efforts to combat illicit crypto activities. Ardoino criticized the accusations as misleading and expressed Tether’s commitment to working with global law enforcement and adhering to Treasury OFAC sanctions.

Also, analysts, including those from JPMorgan, suggest that American regulatory agencies significantly influence Tether’s operations, particularly in enforcing compliance with OFAC sanctions. The recent actions against Tether and other crypto entities signal stricter regulatory measures for stablecoins, which could impact Tether’s market position and its role in decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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