Crypto trade Kraken freezes accounts associated to FTX and Alameda

United-States-based cryptocurrency trade Kraken has frozen the accounts related to “FTX Group, Alameda Analysis, and their executives,” on its trade after partaking with authorities. 

In a Twitter put up on Nov. 13, Kraken mentioned the accounts had been frozen “to guard their collectors” and added it “maintains full reserves” and different customers’ funds aren’t affected, possible in search of to stamp out fears from customers that the trade may face liquidity points because of the fund freeze.

Kraken has spoken with regulation enforcement concerning a handful of accounts owned by the bankrupt FTX Group, Alameda Analysis and their executives. These accounts have been frozen to guard their collectors.

Different Kraken purchasers usually are not affected. Kraken maintains full reserves.

— Kraken Trade (@krakenfx) November 13, 2022

A Kraken spokesperson advised Cointelegraph that it had “actively monitored latest developments with the FTX property” and “are involved with regulation enforcement” saying it froze account entry to sure funds “we suspect to be related to ‘fraud, negligence or misconduct’ associated to FTX.”

“We are going to resolve every account on a case-by-case foundation and will search steering from the Chapter Court docket or trustee as acceptable,” the spokesperson added.

Kraken’s account freeze comes after crypto trade FTX introduced on Nov. 11 that FTX Group consisting of roughly 130 firms together with its sister buying and selling agency Alameda Analysis filed for Chapter 11 chapter within the U.S. with its founder Sam Bankman-Fried resigning as CEO.

It additionally follows a suspected hack on FTX that concerned a Kraken account, Kraken’s chief safety officer Nick Percoco mentioned on Nov.12 that they’re conscious of the account proprietor’s id and later gave an replace that FTX would make a press release concerning the state of affairs “and them using funds from their verified [Kraken] account to finish this transaction.”

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Regulators look like coming down arduous on FTX and their executives amid the latest turmoil. 

FTX is headquartered in The Bahamas and the nation’s securities regulator on Nov. 10 froze the belongings of FTX Digital Markets — the exchanges’ Bahamian subsidiary — and its “associated events.”

The Bahamian securities regulator on Nov. 12 denied instructing FTX to prioritize withdrawals of Bahamas-based customers after the trade acknowledged on Nov. 11 that it was instructed by the nation’s regulators to facilitate Bahamian withdrawals.

Whereas FTX is now beneath investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police Pressure for potential felony misconduct in response to a Nov. 13 report.

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