Bitcoin Group Addressing 'Serious Deficits' in Money Laundering Measures Flagged by German Regulator

The group reportedly said Wednesday that it has "no indications of violations of money laundering and terrorist financing laws."

AccessTimeIconNov 29, 2023 at 12:35 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 8, 2024 at 5:45 p.m. UTC

BaFin, Germany's financial regulator, has ordered a subsidiary of Bitcoin Group (ADE) to address some shortcomings in internal anti-money laundering measures.

In a notice issued to the group's Futurum Bank subsidiary in October and posted publicly on Tuesday, the regulator said it had identified "serious deficits" in internal security measures, due-diligence obligations and the suspicious-activity reporting system.

Bitcoin Group issued a statement on Wednesday saying it was taking measures to address the deficiencies, Reuters reported.

"The Bitcoin Group expressly points out that there are currently no indications of violations of money laundering and terrorist financing laws within the Group," the firm reportedly said.

BaFin has historically taken a tough stance on crypto, with only a handful of companies being approved for its digital asset licenses despite it being one of the first regulators in the world to implement a comprehensive approval program.

CoinDesk has reached out to Bitcoin Group for comment.

Edited by Sheldon Reback.


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