DEA: China shadow economy is based on the Bitcoin

According to US Drug Enforcement Administration report, Bitcoin is very popular among Chinese residents.
25 October 2017   806

Crypto currency is the most popular asset among criminals who launder money through the trade. This is evidenced by the data of the new report of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The DEA emphasizes that bitcoin is very popular among Chinese residents.

Chinese manufacturers who want Bitcoin will undoubtedly ease the money laundering process for many TCOs. Currently, TCOs face scrutiny from U.S. banks when wiring money from the United States to Chinese manufacturers. However, a TCO purchasing Bitcoin via a licensed money service business (MSB) without raising red flags will face no further scrutiny when transferring the Bitcoin to China. Many TCOs can also buy Bitcoin from individuals selling Bitcoin on the Internet with no MSB license. Thus, many TCOs will be able to convert their cash drug proceeds to Bitcoin and buy Chinese goods with no fear of oversight from a formal financial institution.
 

DEA report

According to the DEA, most criminals buy bitcoins on regulated cryptoexchanges and when transferring capital abroad they use over-the-counter trading platforms.

Also experts from DEA suggest that over time the popularity of such a scheme will grow.

BitPay to Receive New York's BitLicense

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers
17 July 2018   87

The well-known cryptocurrency processing service BitPay obtained a license to work with virtual currencies in the state of New York. Known also as BitLicense, this license is issued by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and grants its holders the ability to conduct activities related to cryptocurrencies in the state.

NYDFS has carefully studied the company's application, including its policy on measures to combat money laundering, customer identification, fraud prevention, cybersecurity. The financial situation of the company was also thoroughly analyzed.

New York state has one of the strictest policies around businesses involved in cryptocurrency and working through the approval processes to obtain a License was important to BitPay. We believe this hard work will pay off as New York presents significant business opportunities for BitPay.
 

Stephen Pair

CEO, BitPay

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers: the first will be able to use the company's processing services to accept payments in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the latter will pay for various goods and services using these two BitPay supported cryptos.

Note that BitPay was only the eighth company that received BitLicense. Other license holders are Square, Xapo, Genesis Global Trading, bitFlyer USA, Coinbase, Ripple and Circle. In addition, special permissions for operations with crypto-currencies are exchanged by Gemini and itBit.