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Paxful Co-founder to Spend 5 Years in Jail, Guilty of AML Violation

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  • The Co-founder and former CTO of Paxful has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program.
  • Schaback faces up to five years in prison, with his sentencing scheduled for November 4.
  • As part of his plea agreement, he has agreed to pay a $5 million fine in three installments over the next two years.

Paxful co-founder and former CTO Artur Schaback has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy charges. The charges concern his inability to maintain a proper Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program. Schaback could be imprisoned for five years; the sentencing hearing is set for November 4.

Paxful Co-Founder Pleads Guilty in AML Case

The United States Justice Department disclosed that Schaback’s plea agreement involves paying a hefty fine. He agreed to pay a $5 million fine in three equal annual installments over the next two years, with the first installment of $1 million being made at the time of his pleading guilty. 

Schaback said there were inadequate anti-money laundering measures and know your customer (KYC). It was the case with the firm that began operations without these primary restraints, thus breaching the Bank Secrecy Act. Therefore, it was claimed that Paxful started being used for various criminal activities, including money laundering, fraud, and other unlawful businesses.

Also, the Justice Department stated that Schaback and his co-conspirator mostly evaded the firm’s AML and KYC policies. They relied on the number of customers’ trades or personal connections to justify the exceptions, which only added to the regulatory loopholes. The two also had to struggle through claims of submitting a plagiarized AML policy when a third party demanded to review it.

Roshan Dharia Named Paxful’s Interim CEO

Controversies have also created a lot of commotion within Paxful’s management. Schaback filed a lawsuit against Mohamad (Ray) Youssef, the co-founder, in March 2023, culminating in a power struggle at the exchange. This lawsuit unveiled issues of embezzlement of funds, evasion of sanctions, and other matters.

In the wake of the turmoil, the company named Roshan Dharia as the new interim CEO in May 2023. Dharia’s appointment is view as an effort to normalize the company and bring it back to compliance and operational standards. Furthermore, in a past interview, Youssef admitted Paxful’s partnership with the state’s legal enforcement agencies, including acceding to a court order and making a custodial appointment to manage the exchange business.

Schaback Sentencing to Influence Crypto Regulation

Schaback’s case presents the current and future issues that affect cryptocurrency market regulation. It shows that crypto exchanges should comply strictly with the AML and KYC rules. Those rules not to be compromise. The charges against Schaback also paint a picture of caution for other tech CEOs in the ever-growing industry.

Regulatory bodies continue to scrutinize crypto platforms intensively, aiming to clamp down on the potential for financial crimes. Schaback’s upcoming sentencing will likely set a precedent for how similar cases handle. It also marks a crucial point for Paxful in rebuilding trust and ensuring compliance with financial regulations.

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Nancy J. Allen
Nancy J. Allen
Nancy J. Allen is a crypto enthusiast, with a major in macroeconomics and a minor in business statistics. She believes that cryptocurrencies inspire people to be their own banks, and step aside from traditional monetary exchange systems. She is also intrigued by blockchain technology and its functioning. She frequently researches, and posts content on the top altcoins, their theoretical working principles and technical price predictions.
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