Bitfinex, iFinex, and Tether (USDT) have agreed to submit regular reports to the Office of Attorney General (OAG) to ensure that they do not conduct business with New York residents.
- The OAG investigation found that starting in 2017, during certain periods of time, USDT had no access to banking anywhere in the world and held no dollars to back its tethers in circulation at the rate of one dollar per USDT.
- The parties signed a Settlement Agreement, which is not a final court order and is not the result of a trial nor adjudication.
- Bitfinex and Tether Glomared New York Attorney General Letitia James' accusations, neither confirming nor denying the findings of the Settlement Agreement.
- Officials who control Bitfinex and the affiliated stablecoin USDT agreed to pay $18.5M to settle allegations that they hid losses, commingled funds inappropriately, and lied about their reserves.
Writer’s note: I will dedicate all of tomorrow’s edition to today’s Tether news, which has hundreds of pages of associated dockets and details. Tether has framed the news as positive due to the small settlement amount, but the OAG has revealed many more details in its Settlement Agreement and opened the possibility for further investigations by other states or the federal government.