Bitcoin tumbles as SEC sues Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao


Major cryptocurrencies sank on Monday, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged the world’s largest crypto exchange Binance Holdings Inc. and its co-founder Changpeng Zhao with 13 securities law violations. 


fell 5% Monday to $25,857, the lowest level since March 17, according to CoinDesk data. Ether

tumbled 4.4% to about $1,815, and Binance Coin fell 10.7% to around $275. 

The SEC on Monday alleged that Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, “secretly allow[ed] high-value U.S. customers” to trade on in violation of U.S. securities, laws which bar unregistered exchanges from servicing U.S. customers.

The complaint also alleged that Zhao, often known as “CZ,” exercised control over customer assets and commingled them with personal and company holdings.

Representatives at Binance did not immediately return a request for comment.

Read: SEC charges Binance and founder CZ with mishandling customer funds, illegally serving U.S. investors