Binance Billionaire Founder, Changpeng Zhao Jailed In US

After entering a guilty plea to breaking US anti-money laundering and sanctions rules last year, a Seattle judge punished him on Tuesday.

Changpeng Zhao, the founder of Binance, was given a four-month prison sentence and is now the richest prisoner in the world with an estimated net worth of $43 billion.

Changpeng “CZ” Zhao was sentenced by a Seattle court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to violations of United States anti-money laundering and sanctions laws last year.

Despite the prosecution’s request for a three-year sentence, a US judge gave Zhao a four-month sentence, noting the “good aspect of Mr. Zhao’s earlier behavior.”

The former CEO of the biggest bitcoin exchange in the world suffered a startling setback as a result of his prison sentence.

Facing his trial, the Prosecutors said Mr Zhao allowed fraudulent activities to happen because it was the “best way to attract users, build his company, and line his pockets”.

The US Government said, “Zhao bet that he would not get caught and that if he did, the consequences would not be as serious as the crime.”

In response, Mr Zhao’s lawyers argued he should not be sent to prison and stressed he was sorry for the harm caused by Binance.

The company was earlier this year ordered to pay $4.3 billion after an investigation found it had helped users bypass sanctions.

During his defence, Mr Zhao apologised for his “mistakes” and said the company had been cooperating with the government’s investigations.

He said that once freed he planned to develop education technology for underprivileged children.

The ruling comes weeks after Sam Bankman-Fried, Mr Zhao’s rival and former chief executive of collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, was sentenced to 25 years for a multibillion-dollar fraud.

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