Bitfinex has filed to recover its $880 million frozen in different bank accounts. It believes a former banking executive has access to valid information to prove this.
October 21, 2019, | AtoZ Markets - Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex's parent company iFinex Inc. filed an application for discovery in a Southern California court. Discovery is a law allowing each party to obtain evidence from the other party or parties through the law of civil procedure before the actual trial.
The filing done on October 18, 2019, is related to $880 million in allegedly frozen funds held in bank accounts in Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Bitfinex attempts to recover $880 million funds
Bitfinex alleges that Crypto Capital used one or more accounts at TCA Bancorp to facilitate the transfer of the exchange's funds. According to Bitfinex, TCA Bancorp is in possession of $306 million of Bitfinex funds via a UK entity, G.T.S. Resources Limited (aka Spiral Global Development Limited).
Crypto Capital allegedly represents that a further $355 million in Bitfinex funds are held in accounts at Bank Spoldzielczy in Poland. Meanwhile, $218 million is being held at 3 banks in Portugal, all of which amounts to $880 million.
As part of the discovery application, Bitfinex requests information on alleged ownership and account usage by Crypto Capital at a number of U.S. banks, including HSBC, Citibank, Bank of America, Sun Trust, TD Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo and more. This information is meant to establish a link between Bitfinex and the funds being held in Poland, Portugal and the UK.
Bitfinex still under investigation in NYAG case
Bitfinex is also currently being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s Office based on claims that the exchange used a $850 million loan from stablecoin issuer Tether, the exchange’s sister company, to cover up losses.
Bitfinex and Tether, which are both operated by iFinex Inc., attempted to bring the NYAG’s proceedings to a halt in August by filing a lack-of-jurisdiction claim. However, this claim was denied.
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