The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced in a press release today that Terraform Labs and its founder Do Kwon agreed to pay over $4.5 billion following a unanimous jury verdict.

In the decision, LUNA ve UST They were found responsible for orchestrating a years-long fraud involving crypto asset securities, resulting in massive investor losses when the scheme was unraveled.

The nine-day jury trial in April revealed the extent of the defendants’ misuse of the Terraform blockchain to process transactions and deception about the stability of their crypto asset security, UST. Following the decoupling of UST from the US dollar in May 2022, the price of UST and Terraform’s other tokens dropped to almost zero, wiping out $40 billion in market value almost overnight.

This led to devastating losses for countless investors, including many individual investors who invested their life savings into Terraform’s ecosystem, relying on the defendants’ lies.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler made a statement about the case:

“This case confirms what the court has said time and time again: The economic facts of a product, not labels, speculation or exaggerations, determine whether a product is a security under the securities laws.”

He added that Terraform and Kwon’s fraudulent activities caused devastating losses for investors and in some cases destroyed their entire life savings.

SEC’s Enforcement Division Director Gurbir S. Grewal said:

“Do Kwon and Terra, among other things, of cryptocurrencies They orchestrated one of the largest securities frauds in U.S. history by claiming to have obtained a non-illegal use case, which was the part they were most trying to achieve. In the end, all they accomplished was lying to investors, destroying tens of billions of dollars of market value, and creating a host of victims.”

As part of the settlement, Terraform agreed to pay compensatory damages of $3,586,875,883, prejudicial interest of $466,952,423, and civil penalties of $420,000,000. Terraform also agreed to halt sales of its cryptoasset securities, terminate its operations, replace two of its executives, and distribute its remaining assets to investor victims and creditors through a liquidation plan, subject to court approval in Terraform’s ongoing bankruptcy case.

*This is not investment advice.

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