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Crypto Co-Founder Do Kwon Set for U.S. Extradition Amid Fraud Charges

Terraform Labs Co-Founder Do Kwon Facing Extradition to U.S. Amid Crypto Fraud Allegations

Feb 22, 2024
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High-stakes legal battle unfolds amidst cryptocurrency fraud allegations.

Nearly a year after his arrest in Montenegro, co-founder of Terraform Labs and former CEO Do Kwon finds himself at the center of an international legal saga. The stakes are high as he faces extradition to the United States, where federal prosecutors have charged him with fraud related to a $40 billion cryptocurrency crash that reverberated across global markets.

Both the United States and South Korea have sought Kwon’s extradition from Montenegro, where he was apprehended in March 2023 while attempting to flee using a forged passport. Now, after a protracted legal battle, the Podgorica High Court has ruled in favor of the United States, rejecting South Korea’s competing request. Kwon’s legal team has three days to appeal this decision, adding another layer of complexity to the case.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleges that Terraform Labs and Kwon orchestrated a multi-billion dollar crypto asset securities fraud. At the heart of the accusations lies an algorithmic stablecoin known as UST, which suffered a catastrophic collapse in 2022, leaving investors reeling. Kwon, often referred to as “the cryptocurrency king,” now faces the consequences of these alleged financial misdeeds.

The SEC agreed to postpone the trial date for the Terraform case, granting Kwon’s legal team’s request for an in-person appearance. However, the timeline for Kwon’s extradition remains uncertain. As the legal drama unfolds, attention shifts to the fate of Terraform Labs and its former financial officer, Han Chang-joon, who has already been extradited to South Korea.

The crypto world watches closely as Do Kwon’s fate hangs in the balance, and the implications of this case reverberate throughout the industry.

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