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Binance Founder CZ Faces 4-Months Imprisonment

Key Takeaways
  • Former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao 'CZ' has been sentenced to four months in prison.
  • A federal judge has sentenced Binance founder CZ to this punishment for violating US money laundering laws.
  • CZ was indicted in November for violating US money laundering laws, he is currently out on bail on a $175 million bond.
01-May-2024 By: Sakshi Jain
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Federal Judge Sentences Binance Founder Changpeng Zhao to Jail

Binance's founder and former CEO Changpeng Zhao is sentenced to four months in jail by Federal Judge Richard Jones in the Western District Court of Washington. It's worth noting that the judge imposed this sentence for violating American money laundering laws. 

However, the prosecution had recommended a three-year sentence for CZ for failing to maintain an effective Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program at the crypto exchange. Yet, in court, Judge Jones stated that there was no evidence that Changpeng Zhao was ever informed about any illicit activities taking place at Binance. Thus, dismissing the prosecutor's request to extend CZ's sentence to three years from the initial 18 months.

The prosecution argued that a jail sentence was necessary to reflect the seriousness of the offense related to AML violations. Otherwise, it would only encourage further breaches of the law. Following this, CZ was sentenced to four months in jail.

Changpeng Zhao Apologized Before Sentencing

Changpeng Zhao sought forgiveness for his actions, admitting that he had plenty of time to think and react. He acknowledged responsibility for Binance's failure to implement an effective AML program. It's noteworthy that after being sentenced to four months in jail, CZ stated that he would report to jail on the designated date. Currently, Changpeng Zhao is out on bail, amounting to $175 million, but with the court's decision to sentence him to four months in jail, he will be placed in police custody. This is where CZ will serve his jail term.

It's important to recall that on November 21, former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was found guilty of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws in his exchange. Consequently, he had to resign from his position as CEO of Binance. This settlement, part of the ongoing investigation into Binance by US regulators, involved a $4.3 billion payment made by Binance to resolve the probe.

In light of these developments, the cryptocurrency community is closely observing the implications of CZ's sentencing on Binance's operations and the broader crypto market. Some speculate that this could lead to increased regulatory scrutiny on other crypto exchanges and projects. Others are concerned about the impact on Binance's reputation and its ability to maintain its position as one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges globally.


According to Coin Gabbar, Changpeng Zhao's sentencing marks a significant event in the intersection of cryptocurrency and regulation. It underscores the importance of adhering to regulatory standards in the rapidly evolving crypto industry and the potential consequences for those who fail to do so. As the crypto market continues to mature, such legal actions are likely to become more common as regulators worldwide seek to ensure compliance and protect investors.

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