Chinese Police to Bust OKEx Founder

But looks like, there's no need for panic - media reports that police let him go without charges
12 September 2018   180

The Shanghai police detained the founder of the OKCoin exchanges and OKEx Star Xu, presumably in connection with the investigation of cryptocurrency fraud. This is reported by the local newspaper Sina News.

Law enforcement agencies of Shanghai received complaints from investors on the WFEE crypto-currency company, of which Star Xu is a participant. Police detained the founder of the Chinese exchanges for interrogation in the investigation of this case.

Sina News reports that if the police do not file charges against Stary Xiu for participation in the fraudulent scheme, he will be released within 24 hours.

But today Star Xu was discharged. He is supposed to help the investigation of investors' complaints about the cryptocurrency company WFEE. This is reported by CoinDesk with reference to local publications.

As far as I know, Star called the police for help when he was surrounded by a group of people in Shanghai. The police arrived on the scene and invited all of them to the police station.
 

Andy Cheung at Twitter

OKEx Team

The police brought everyone to the station to clarify the circumstances, and then released the founder of OKCoin and OKEx without charge. Andy Cheung also noted that Star Xu at the moment has nothing to do with OKEx.

It is noteworthy that on the same day several OKEx clients applied to the Shanghai Police Department. They reported that on September 5, during the fall of the price of the first cryptocurrency, their BTC futures positions on the exchange were forcibly liquidated.

Due to a bug on the platform, which users were not warned about, investors could not close positions on their own, which led to financial losses. At the same time, the press secretary of OKEx reported to CoinDesk that the company was not aware of the problematic incident.

Shortly after, in Twitter-account of the venture fund OK Blockchain Capital (OKBC) and partner of OKEx published a series of tweets that shed light on the situation. In particular, the fund denied any connection between Stuart Xue and WFEE.

OK Blockchain Capital Twitter
OK Blockchain Capital Twitter

It is known that OKBC together with a group of venture investors acquired a start-up WFEE. However, soon WFEE changed the original white paper, which OKBC representatives were not notified about.

OK Blockchain Capital stated that at the moment it does not participate in the WFEE project and is not responsible for the results of the company's activities.

In another tweet, OKBC reported that last month OKEx conducted delisting of the WFEE token and warned users about possible risks associated with the company.

The case of WFEE was sent to the Beijing Police Department.

Crypto Exchange White Label Service launched by OKEx

OKEx, one of the biggest exchanges in the world, has declared the run of a crypto exchange creation programme ‘Digital Asset Exchange Open Partnership Program’
20 June 2018   607

The announcement claims that the programme is intended to “nurture a new generation of digital asset exchanges”. To establish a new crypto exchange, interested parties have to provide OKEx with a domain name, logo, and specialties of the management team. They are assured to possess “solid industry experience, quest for service excellence, and strong industry influence.”

Applicants should also deposit 500,000 OKB tokens into their accounts. This equals around $2.5 million at the present rate, according to coincodex.com. OKB is a utility token that were first sold in March of this year in packages of up to 100, each costing $100. They can be applied to settle transaction fees on the exchange and traded for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Tether.

The applicants will get access to OKEx’s fitting system (which links up buy and sell orders), cold and hot wallets (offline and online cryptocurrency storage), clearing system (which handles money transfer), client support system, and know-your-customer and anti-laundering systems. They will also get support from the OKEx technical team.

100 places are suggested by the programme in its first phase. It is anticipated to start in July. The announcement also points out the setup that the new exchanges must have. They will develop their own native tokens, and distribute them as follows:

  • 25 percent to themselves;
  • 24 percent to OKB holders;
  • and 51 percent to be mined.

OKEx explains the mechanisms by which the tokens will be mined/released. The term white label was firstly invented in the music industry - a white label vinyl record was a release so new that it had not yet been labelled, a much sought-after thing. Presently it cites to a service or product manufactured by one company and sold to another for re-sale under a different brand name.