In a historic first, the United States Department of Justice will undertake a massive crypto liquidation project to compensate those scammed in the Ponzi scheme Bitconnect. Calling it the ‘single largest recovery’ from a crypto fraud, the Department of Justice has decided to sell $56 million worth of crypto assets for US dollars. However, the details of the processes are still unknown. It is not clear whether the Department of Justice will sell the coins through their internal channels or third-party vendors.
Another cause of concern comes from the fact that such massive liquidation will affect the prices of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and Ether are already running low, following anti-crypto comments from Twitter CFO Ned Segal. A further fall in prices can trigger a market crash.
The Ponzi scheme Bitconnect was one of the biggest cryptocurrency frauds in the country. Its trial drew attention from different media houses, and the subject became national news. Those who would benefit from this compensation are naturally glad at the announcement. However, it is still uncertain when they will receive the reimbursement and through what medium.
Crypto-related frauds have plagued the crypto industry for a long time now, and it does not show signs of slowing down. Governments are now imposing heavy regulations to prevent such scams. On the flip side, stringent regulations are making innovation and development in the sector very difficult. How the government and crypto firms work a solution for this is still under speculation.