The police of Southern Seoul and local financial authorities headed by inspector Jeong Dae-seong aquired an arrest ordert for 4 executives at HTS including the main developer of the HTS trading platform and operator of the exchange on May 14. As declared in the prosecutor’s office of Seoul, HTS president Shin together with the three representatives of the firm replaced user funds kept in the the company`s cryptocurrency wallet to external bank accounts, mainly stealing cryptocurrencies from the company’s customers.
Formerly the third largest crypto exchange in South Korea, Coinnest was temporarily closed by the local officials after its executives were arrested in March 2018 for stealing user funds. Then it was reported that millions of dollars in user funds were transmitted to the personal accounts of the firm’s executives.
The prosecutor’s office of Seoul revealed that the local police initially aimed to raid the headquarters of HTS together with Coinnest, but then decided not to in order to concentrate on the investigation on Coinnest, as the government received solid evidence of malpractice.
HTS is not the first exchange in South Korea to be checked and officially investigated by the local police and investigators from the Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (KIU), following Coinnest and Upbit.