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Report: US Department of Justice Files $60 Million Lawsuit Against Bitcoin Mixer Operator

October 25, 2022


Violation of the Bank Secrecy Act

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly suing Larry Harmon, the founder of the crypto mixer Helix, to recover the $60 million fine imposed on him by regulators. According to a Reuters report, the fine, which was imposed in 2020, stems from Harmon’s alleged violation of the United States federal Bank Secrecy Act.

According to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Harmon operated an unlicensed money-transmitting business. The business, according to U.S. regulators, enabled users to send virtual currencies anonymously. In 2021, Harmon reportedly pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy charge and said he would cooperate with federal authorities.