The New York Attorney General's office believes crypto exchange, Bitfinex, lost $850 million and subsequently borrowed money from its controversial stablecoin subsidiary, Tether Ltd, to hide the deficiency.
New York-based publication Bloomberg claims to have found a document which could answer one of the most recurring questions in the crypto industry - whether Tether Ltd., the company issuing the USDT stablecoin has enough cash reserves to back the 1.8 billion tokens currently in circulation.
A 1032% increase in the stablecoin usage was posted in November while transactions involving the fiat-pegged cryptocurrencies kissed the $2.3 billion mark. The Paxos Standard which now has a market cap of $93 million was one of the most successful stablecoins with $1.8 billion posted on Ethereum transactions.
Following BTC’s recent decline, the U.S Department of Justice has reportedly opened a probe into whether Tether and Bitfinex used USDT issuance to manipulate crypto market prices and pump Bitcoin in December 2017