Ex-BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Agrees to Surrender on $10 Million Bond

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In Brief
  • BitMEX co-founder Arthur Hayes has agreed to surrender.

  • Hayes is charged with violating the U.S. Banking Secrecy Act.

  • He is the last of the three co-founders to agree to bail terms.

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BitMEX co-founder Arthur Hayes agreed to surrender to United States authorities in Hawaii on April 6.

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Hayes and his attorneys have been in discussion with the government following the indictment brought by the Department of Justice in October 2020. 

The government charged Hayes, along with his BitMEX co-founders, with violating the U.S. Banking Secrecy Act. 

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The BitMEX Trio

These charges relate to BitMEX overseeing and allowing poor anti-money laundering and Know Your Customer (KYC) protocols while operating and interacting with U.S. customers.

In addition, he is also facing civil charges from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It claims BitMEX failed to register with the Commission and for violating regulations.

Pavel Pogodin, the representative for the plaintiffs, tweeted the proposed terms for Hayes’s surrender. Pavel Pogodin has no connection to the cases brought by the Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 

He will arrive in Hawaii to surrender to the authorities. His bail is set at $10 billion and will be co-signed by his mother. Hayes is allowed travel rights while out on bail.

This will allow him to stay at his home in Singapore and make pre-approved trips to New York. These conditions are still subject to court approval. 

Hayes — Final Co-Founder to Surrender

Hayes is the final co-founder to surrender. The government also included co-founders Samuel Reed and Ben Delo in the charges.

Officials arrested Reed in 2020 and he released on a $5 million bond. Delo recently voluntarily surrendered on March 15. The court released him on a $20 million bail bond. 

BitMEX’s first employee and head of business development, Greg Dwyer, was also charged. Dwyer took a leave of absence from his role in October 2020. At this time he has not surrendered or been arrested.  

Hayes, Delo, and Reed founded BitMEX in 2014. The platform became known for its XBTUSD perpetual swap. It claims the swap to be the most traded cryptocurrency product of all time. 

Currently, the platform’s 24-hour trading volume sits at $2.82 billion.

Once the government filed charges against them, each stepped down from their respective top management positions.

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After working in news and lifestyle journalism, Leila decided to bring her interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain to her day job. She now runs the Features and Opinions desk at BeinCrypto which fits perfectly with her enthusiasm for crypto's social and political impact.

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