Binance moved $346 mln for seized crypto exchange Bitzlato

2 weeks ago - January 25, 2023
Binance moved $346 mln for seized crypto exchange Bitzlato
Crypto giant Binance processed almost $346 million in bitcoin for the Bitzlato digital currency exchange, whose founder was arrested by U.S. authorities last week for allegedly running a "money laundering engine," blockchain data seen by Reuters show

Bitzlato was shuttered last week and its founder arrested in Miami after the Justice Department charged the platform with money laundering.

Binance, the world's largest crypto exchange by trading volume, processed $345.8 million worth of bitcoin (BTC) transactions for crypto exchange Bitzlato, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing data by blockchain research firm Chainalysis.

According to Reuters, Binance processed 205,000 transactions in behalf of Bitzlato between May 2018 and last week, when Bizlato shut down after the U.S. Department of Justice charged it and its founder with money laundering.

About $90 million worth of bitcoin transfers were carried out after August 2021, according to the report, which was when Binance said it would start demanding stricter background checks from customers in order to fight financial crime.

Binance was named as one of Bitzlato's top three counterparties by the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Neither Binance nor Chainalysis immediately responded to requests for comment.

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