CoinEX to Exit New York, Pay $1.7M in Settlement

trading platform, CoinEX, will halt its operations in New York after
agreeing to pay $1.7 million as a settlement to the Office of the New York
Attorney General (NYAG). Additionally, the Hong Kong-based exchange has been ordered to refund investors.

CoinEX has been accused
by New York’s Attorney General Letitia James of failing to register as a
securities and commodities broker-dealer and for allegedly misrepresenting
itself as a crypto exchange. NYAG first sued the exchange in February.

CoinEX to Refund
$1.1M to Investors

Giving a breakdown of the settlement, NYAG said CoinEX is to set aside $1.1 million from the agreed amount to refund thousands of investors, with $600,000 as a penalty payment going to New York. The state prosecutor’s office added that CoinEX agreed to pay the refunds within three months
for the amounts held as of April 25. James described the settlement as a
warning to other crypto companies.

crypto platforms pose risks to investors, consumers, and the broader
economy,” the Attorney General stated.

Further, she added: “Today’s agreement
should serve as a warning to crypto companies that there are hefty consequences
for ignoring New York’s laws.”

According to
James, CoinEx flaunted The Martin Act, a law established in 1921 and considered one of the most rigorous anti-fraud regulations in the US. The law makes it illegal to
sell or purchase securities and commodities without registration.

CoinEX has been banned from creating new accounts for US customers, but
existing customers can withdraw their crypto from the platform. The exchange
must also implement geo-blocking to prevent new New York IP addresses from
accessing its web and app trading platforms.

New York Laws for Crypto

CoinEX is not the
only exchange facing this enforcement action from state prosecutors in New York. Previously, James had secured $4.3 million in May from Coin Cafe, a cryptocurrency company
based in Brooklyn. Similarly, in March, the authority filed charges
against KuCoin.

In total, the NYAG has recovered $500 million from the cryptocurrency industry amid efforts to increase oversight and regulations in the sector, the authority said in the statement. Furthermore, the Attorney General has expressed an intention to propose to state legislators a bill for the regulation of digital assets.

This article was written by Jared Kirui at



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