Ripple Trade Japan Operator arrested; XRP falls

Yuki Takenaka, operator of Ripple Trade Japan, arrested in Japan; XRP lost about 6% in 24h
19 October 2017   2987

Tokyo police arrested the head of the Ripple Trade Japan platform, Yuki Takenaka, on suspicion of cheating the investor as part of a large-scale investigation of fraudulent schemes. This is reported by Cryptocoinsnews with reference to local media.

Arrested Ripple Trade Japan Operator
Arrested Ripple Trade Japan Operator

The Ripple Trade Japan platform was founded in 2014. In exchange for investments, clients received promissory notes that could be exchanged among themselves or converted into both XRP tokens and fiduciary funds.

Takenaka is suspected of stealing funds from one of the investors for an amount of 1.4 million yen. It is assumed that he persuaded the victim to send money to the bank account of the trading platform, although at that time the company was already bankrupt.

Also, the anti-cyber crime unit of the Tokyo Police is investigating the theft of client funds of Ripple Trade Japan in the amount of 17 million yen and suspects precisely Takenaka in this crime.

In addition, law enforcement officials also believe that Takenaka could have appropriated 120 million yen in the form of debt receipts between November 2014 and February 2015. It is assumed that he exchanged some of these receipts for the receipts of other trading floors, and the rest converted to fiat, using the money so obtained for personal enrichment.

According to the police, Takenaka himself acknowledges most of the charges.

Ripple Price

It is known that cryptocurrency market is very volatile and it reacts immediately to any news. So let's check Ripple price on the backgrown of this event.

Ripple Price Chart
Ripple Price Chart

The arrest may not be the only reason, but  Ripple lost about 6% of it's price in 24h. At the moment or press, XRP price is $0.210255 with $8,101,448,716 marketcap. 

Bitso to Expand to Latin America With Investors Help

The amount of financing, attracted by the most popular Mexican exchange from the Coindesk and Ripple, isn't reported
15 October 2019   287

Mexico's leading cryptocurrency exchange Bitso has attracted funding from industry-famous investors to expand its operations in Latin America. The amount of investment is not disclosed, reports The Block.

The financing round was led by fintech company Ripple, also the largest US cryptocurrency company Coinbase took part in it. In addition, the participants in the round were Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital, who had previously invested in the exchange.

Bitso has been operating in Mexico since 2014 and claims to serve 750,000 users in the country. The exchange intends to use the raised funds for business expansion primarily in such large countries as Argentina and Brazil.

Among other economic difficulties, a number of Latin American states are facing currency crises. In Argentina, the government, for example, imposed restrictions on the purchase of foreign currency, trying to stop the fall of the peso. Brazil's economy has fallen into recession due to high unemployment, declining investment and a global recession.

Against this background, cryptocurrency activity is growing in the region.

Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume in Argentina (USD)
Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume in Argentina (USD)

In Argentina, weekly volumes of bitcoin transactions on the p2p platform LocalBitcoins jumped to almost $ 196 thousand. In Brazil, this figure reached $ 307 thousand.