SEC feels Do Kwon of Terraform Labs deserves a fine of $5.3B

Federal regulators insist on a fine being levied on Terraform Labs and its co-founder, Do Kwon, amounting to $5.3 billion. This is with regards to several irregularities among investors. It is right after the two players were accused of illegal activities involving over a billion dollars. 

As per a court filing on the 19th of April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asked Kwon and Terraform to pay approximately $4.7 billion for prejudgement purposes. This is about their activities in 2022’s Terra-Luna downfall. The SEC has also asked the court to make Kwon and Terraform make a payment of $420 million, as well as $100 million, in terms of civil penalties.  

According to a filing made by the SEC, there should be a warning sent out by the court that these kinds of outrageous illegal activities, with the defendants and their lawyers trying to manipulate the rulings and regulations, are absolutely unacceptable. 

Kwon and Terraform allegedly misinformed clients regarding the security factors of its algorithmic stablecoin, Terra USD (UST), and its blockchain’s usefulness, as per the verdict from a New York civil courts jury. Crypto investors were known to have bought over 2 billion worth of UST from several exchanges and various other trading options.  

The SEC considers the fine figure deserving, considering the enormous damage done by Kwon and Terraform. However, in Terraform Labs’ opinion, the fine amount should not exceed $3.5 million, whereas Kwon insists it should be $800,000.

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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