Binance.US not cooperating with investigation, US SEC says in filing – Cointelegraph

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Binance.US of non-cooperation in the ongoing investigation against the crypto exchange, according to a court filing dated Sept. 14.

The SEC in its court filing noted that Binance.USs holding company called BAM has produced only 220 documents during the discovery process. Many of the submitted documents under the Consent Order consist of unintelligible screenshots and documents without dates or signatures.

SEC added that BAM has refused to produce essential witnesses for deposition, instead agreeing only to four depositions of witnesses it has unilaterally deemed appropriate and said:

The SEC also raised concerns over Binance.US's use of Ceffu, wallet custody software provided by the global entity Binance Holdings Ltd. The SEC noted that BAM made inconsistent statements about Ceffus and Binances involvement in the wallet and customer funds management.

SEC said that BAM first claimed Ceffu was BAMs wallet custody software and services provider but later stated that Binance was BAMs wallet custody software provider. The regulators raised concern that the crypto exchange's usage of Ceffu violates a prior agreement meant to prevent funds from being diverted abroad.

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The SEC filed a lawsuit against Binance on June 5, pressing 13 charges against the crypto exchange including unregistered securities offerings, the Simple Earn and BNB Vault products, and its staking program. The SEC claimed that, Binance.US, and BAM Trading should have registered as clearing agencies, broker-dealers, and exchanges, respectively. The unregistered offer and sale of Binance.US' staking-as-a-service programme required BAM Trading to register as a broker-dealer as well.

The latest accusations by the SEC against Binance.US come amid an internal crisis at the exchange. The Binance.US CEO Brian Shorder joined the long list of top Binance executives leaving the firm this year followed by the resignation of the head of legal and the exchanges chief risk officer within days.

Binance.US didnt immediately respond to requests for comments.

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