South Korean prosecutors have raided several cryptocurrency exchanges in search of evidence of illegal activities related to Luna as the crypto crash continues.
“A total of 15 places, including cryptocurrency exchanges and related offices, were searched on Wednesday for proof of allegations,” a spokesperson told Reuters.
The raids came after investors accused Korean developers Do Kwon and Daniel Shin, co-founders of blockchain platform Terraform Labs, of fraud.
Unusual circumstances surrounding the collapse motivated investors to submit allegations of fraud against the company. The accusations sparked an investigation, which has resulted in law enforcement raids and several Luna employees have been added to a no-fly list.
Luna raid as part of wider crypto crash
Tesla-s-bitcoin-holding-today”>The raids against the Luna offices come as digital assets continue to face a battering of bad news.
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While the value of bitcoin has increased slightly in recent weeks, its current $23,000 valuation is only a fraction of its all-time high of around $69,000 recorded in November 2021.
This week the industry took another beating when Tesla was revealed to have dumped 75% of its bitcoin holdings. Tesla now has digital assets of about $128m, The Verge reported.
The electronic car company is owned by the world’s richest man and known crypto evangelist Elon Musk. His tweets have famously shaved and added billions of dollars to bitcoin’s value in the past.
Tesla famously bought $1.5bn worth of bitcoin in February 2021. One month later, the company announced plans to accept bitcoin as a payment. However, it then backtracked on the decision in May.
Musk cited concerns over the environmental impact of bitcoin as a reason for it. Although, as we reported at the time, there is little evidence that Tesla ditching bitcoin payment would have any tangible impact on the environment when you consider the carbon footprint derived from producing the cars.
Elsewhere, crypto exchange Celsius filed for bankruptcy in July.
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