Crypto Firm Paxos Faces SEC Lawsuit Over Binance USD Token
The agency has been intensifying its enforcement of major crypto players
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) intends to sue stablecoin issuer Paxos, which is behind the Pax Dollar (USDP) and Binance USD (BUSD) tokens, over the latter stablecoin, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
An SEC spokesperson told Coinesk the commission does not comment on the existence or nonexistence of a possible investigation.
The SEC is alleging that BUSD is an unregistered security, according to the report. The news comes days after CoinDesk reported Paxos is under investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services, though the scope of NYDFS' investigation is unclear.
BUSD is a Binance-branded stablecoin issued by Paxos, a New York-regulated trust company that also enjoys a provisional charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a federal bank regulator.
Spokespeople for Paxos did not immediately return requests for comment.
Sunday's news comes right after the SEC settled charges with crypto exchange Kraken, when the regulator alleged its staking services were an offering of unregistered securities. Kraken did not admit or deny the charges under the terms of the settlement, but did shut down all of its U.S. staking programs.
Binance acknoweldged last month that it had not always maintained the proper balance to back Binance-Peg BUSD (PBUSD), a wrapped version of BUSD offered on non-Ethereum networks that is backed by BUSD. After Bloomberg reported that there were issues with how PBUSD's backing was displayed, Binance said "on occasion in the past, there was a timing mismatch in backing Binance-Peg BUSD with BUSD." The crypto exchange claimed in a blog post that while there were issues in "the publicly viewable data," user redemptions were not affected.