Bitfinex Cryptocurrency Exchange announced the beginning of the repayment of debt to its affiliated company Tether. As part of the process, Bitfinex transferred the first $ 100 million to Tether’s account.
Recall that in late April, the New York Prosecutor General’s Office charged Bitfinex with the fact that, having suffered a loss of $ 850 million, it concealed this fact, partially using the funds of its affiliate issuer Steybcoin Tether to cover the damage.
Later it turned out that these funds were frozen in the bank accounts of the Panamanian processing service Crypto Capital. Nevertheless, the exchange assured users that it is actively cooperating with the relevant departments to restore access to money.
In May, as part of the ongoing proceedings, it was confirmed that Bitfinex borrowed $ 700 million from Tether. Now the exchange has begun to return these funds.
“Bitfinex made a bank payment to a Tether account.
The deadline for payment of this amount has not yet come, but Bitfinex made the payment based on its financial position at the end of the second quarter of 2019.
In addition, on July 1, all the interest on the loan was repaid before June 30, 2019, also in Fiat, ”the exchange said in a statement.
At the same time, Bitfinex and Tether do not stop trying to stop the proceedings initiated against them, insisting that the authorities in New York do not have the appropriate authority or sufficient evidence against them.
According to CoinDesk , by July 8, the prosecutor’s office may protest the position of the defendants. If this happens, Bitfinex and Tether will have time until July 22 to submit a response, after which the parties will have to meet again in court on July 29.