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May 24, 2018

U.S. launches criminal probe into bitcoin price manipulation - May 24, 2018 - GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH.

U.S. launches criminal probe into bitcoin price manipulation

Submitted by cpowell on 01:46PM ET Thursday, May 24, 2018. Section: Daily Dispatches By Matt Robinson and Tom Schoenberg
Bloomberg News
Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies, dramatically ratcheting up U.S. scrutiny of red-hot markets that critics say are rife with misconduct, according to four people familiar with the matter.
The investigation is focused on illegal practices that can influence prices -- such as spoofing, or flooding the market with fake orders to trick other traders into buying or selling, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the review is private. Federal prosecutors are working with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a financial regulator that oversees derivatives tied to bitcoin, the people said. ...
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