As the cryptocurrency market grows, so too do the regulation efforts surrounding it. In October of 2021, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order simultaneously filing and settling charges against Tether Holdings Limited, and its subsidiaries, for making untrue or misleading statements in connection with the U.S. dollar Tether token (USDT) stablecoin, a type of cryptocurrency.
The order requires Tether to pay a civil monetary penalty of $41 million and to cease and desist from any further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations.
In addition, on that same day in October 2021, the CFTC also issued a separate order simultaneously filing and settling charges against iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., and BFXWW Inc. in connection with their operation of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency trading platform.
The order found that Bitfinex engaged in illegal, off-exchange retail commodity transactions on the Bitfinex trading platform and operated without registering as required.
Bitfinex was required to pay a $1.5 million civil monetary penalty and is required to implement and maintain systems designed to prevent unlawful retail commodity transactions.
“This case highlights the expectation of honesty and transparency in the rapidly growing and developing digital assets marketplace,” said Acting Chairman Rostin Behnam. “The CFTC will continue to take decisive action to bring to light untrue or misleading statements that impact CFTC jurisdictional markets.”