The legal problems are mounting rapidly for the company and the founder behind the recently crashed Terra network and LUNA and UST rates.
Terra receives a hefty fine from the tax authorities
Terraform Labs, the company Terra of founder Do Kwon, has been fined a whopping 100 billion Korean won, or about $78.3 million or €74.5 million. The South Korean Naver News on May 18.
The National Tax Service, the South Korean tax authority, has fined Terraform Labs and its founder for tax evasion.
The report states that Do Kwon was not happy with the tax rules for cryptocurrencies in South Korea. According to the publication, he would have tried to liquidate all domestic business in the country before the LUNA and UST prices collapsed completely.
Apparently, South Korea’s tax authorities have been scrutinizing Terraform Labs for suspected tax evasion since last June. The tax authorities opened the investigation after the company sent LUNA from Terra Singapore to the Luna Foundation Group to evade tax.
Terraform Labs was registered in Singapore and the Caribbean Virgin Islands, but operated in South Korea. The publication reports that according to the tax law it does not count where a company is registered, but where it operates.
Special investigation team back after 2.5 years for LUNA
Meanwhile, the South Korean government has reinstated the so-called “Grim Reapers of Yeoui-do”. This special investigation team, consisting of several financial regulators, will investigate the LUNA & UST crashes.
— Jun (@zunahn) May 18, 2022
It is the first study that the team has tackled in 2.5 years. The infamous research group was dismantled by the previous president and is now back. Between 2013 and 2020, the team’s investigations led to as many as 346 arrests and 965 convictions.
Yesterday it was reported on Crypto Insiders that the legal team of Terraform labs has resigned. The day before, it was revealed that South Korean regulators are conducting an “emergency inspection” of the incident. Earlier this week it appeared that an investor has filed a complaint against Do Kwon. Even the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly already investigating.