Tether Freezes $225M Linked to Human Trafficking Syndicate Amid DOJ Investigation


20 Nov 2023 2:16 PM

The $225 million was related to the "pig butchering" scam....

  • Stablecoin issuer Tether has frozen $225 million worth of its own stablecoin following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) into an international human trafficking syndicate in Southeast Asia.
  • The investigation used blockchain analysis tools provided by Chainalysis and lasted for months.
  • This freeze is the largest-ever of a stablecoin, according to a press release.
  • The crime syndicate is connected to the "pig butchering" scam, which cost U.S. citizens $3.3 billion last year, as reported by the FBI.
  • The frozen tokens were held in self-custodied wallets and did not belong to Tether customers.
  • Tether aims to set a new standard for safety within the crypto space through proactive engagement with global law enforcement agencies and transparency.
  • Last month, Tether also froze 32 crypto addresses associated with terrorism and warfare in Ukraine and Israel.

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