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SEC: Terra Founder Do Kwon Conducted Fraud With Investors

As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to tighten its grip over the crypto space, the latest bait for the securities regulator is Terra LUNA creator Do Kwon. Last May 2022, the Terra ecosystem witnessed a major crash eroding more than $40 billion worth of investors’ wealth.

In its complaint filed with a U.S. federal court in Manhattan, the SEC accused Do Kwon of orchestrating a $40 billion securities fraud involving LUNA and Terra’s algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD (UST).

Do Kwon has been on the wanted list of global regulators! Over the last few months, South Korean regulators have been seeking his location and also issued an Interpol notice. As per reports, the fugitive Terra founder was last seen in Serbia.

This is also the first time that the US SEC has initiated action against Do Kwon. SEC’s complaint notes Terraform Labs sold securities as “unregistered transactions” billed as “profit-seeking investments” and with the promise of offering up to 20% interest. Speaking on the development, SEC Chair Gary Gensler said:

Do Kwon Misled Investors Over Terra Stablecoin

SEC noted that Terraform Labs touted and marketed the TerraUSD (UST) stablecoin as a “yield-bearing” stablecoin. The securities regulator further alleged that while marketing the LUNA token, Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon repeatedly misled the investors. Besides, Kwon also misled investors on the stability of TerraUSD, aka UST.

Last year on May 22, UST started de-pegging from the U.S. Dollar and the price of its sister token plummeted close to zero. SEC has also accused Kwon of misleading customers that a South Korea-based mobile application Chai, processed transactions between merchants and consumers. It noted:

In the lawsuit, the SEC noted that the Terraform ecosystem was neither decentralized nor financed. “It was simply a fraud propped up by a so-called algorithmic ‘stablecoin’” it said.