Justice Department Announces Major International Crypto Enforcement Action

The department held a press conference at noon Eastern time on Wednesday.

AccessTimeIconJan 18, 2023 at 3:11 p.m. UTC
Updated Jan 18, 2023 at 9:46 p.m. UTC
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The U.S. Justice Department announced a major international cryptocurrency enforcement action at noon ET on Wednesday.

The press conference was led by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, and other speakers included Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. of the Justice Department's criminal division, U.S. Attorney Breon Peace of the Eastern District of New York, the FBI's associate deputy director, Brian Turner, and Treasury Department Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo.

UPDATE (Jan. 18, 15:16 UTC): Added details on speakers.

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