Police Reportedly Raid Headquarters of Bithumb, South Korea's Largest Exchange

South Korean authorities have reportedly seized Bithumb, one of the country’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume.

  • The Seoul Newspaper reported Wednesday that officers from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Intelligent Crime Investigation Unit had raided Bithumb’s headquarters, located in the capital’s central Gangnam District.
  • The police action was apparently linked to a $25 million token sale hosted on Bithumb and a proposed acquisition by a Singapore platform, BTHMB, that never materialized.
  • Per a report from TheNews, some investors said they lost millions participating in the sale.
  • Bithumb’s chairman, Lee Jung-hoon, has been accused of fraud and illicitly sending funds overseas.
  • CoinDesk has approached Bithumb for confirmation.
  • This is the second raid on a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange in a week.
  • Last week, police seized Coinbit – the country’s third-largest exchange – on allegations it had faked most of its trading volumes.
  • Bithumb is one of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges – 24-hour trading volume stood at over $365 million, according to CoinGecko.
  • The exchange appeared to still be active at press time.

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