Do Kwon’s Former CFO Faces Life in Prison After Extradition

Terraform Labs’ former CFO Han Chang-joon is extradited to South Korea, facing a lengthy prison sentence in the country.

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  • Terraform Labs CFO Han Chang-joon was extradited to South Korea.
  • Chang-joon, alongside Do Kwon, was arrested in March 2023.
  • The pair served time in Montenegro for forging travel documents. 

The ripples from the dramatic collapse of Terra’s algorithmic stablecoin in 2022, which erased $60 billion from the crypto market, are still being felt. Most recently, Han Chang-joon, the former chief financial officer of Terraform Labs, has been extradited to South Korea. 

This event follows his arrest alongside Terraform Labs’ co-founder, Do Kwon, in March 2023. Both Han Chang-joon and Do Kwon now face life in prison for their role in Terra-Luna’s collapse. 

Do Kwon’s CFO Extradited After Arrest in Montenegro

In the aftermath of the Terra stablecoin ecosystem’s collapse in May 2022, the legal ramifications have been severe and far-reaching. The situation escalated in March 2023, with the arrest of Terraform Labs’ executives, Han Chang-joon and Do Kwon, at Podgorica Airport in Montenegro due to their attempt to evade authorities using forged documents. 


Han Chang-joon, having served a four-month prison sentence in Montenegro, now faces the legal system in South Korea. According to Montenegrin politician Andrej Milovic, on Monday, February 5, the former CFO of Terraform Labs was extradited to South Korea. 

There, he will face charges for his role in the Terra-Luna collapse. Charges include criminal offenses related to financial investment services fraud, for which he faces the potential of a life sentence in prison. 

South Korean authorities are also investigating Terraform Labs, looking for signs of intentional price manipulation and potential misrepresentation of its financial position. 

Terra-Luna Collapse Brought Tougher Regulations in South Korea

The collapse of TerraUSD (UST) and its sister coin, Luna, in May 2022, which erased about $60 billion, marked a significant turning point for cryptocurrency regulation in South Korea. This event, seen as a regulator’s nightmare, sparked a major regulatory response in the country.


Post-Terra Luna Collapse, South Korean financial authorities started monitoring local crypto exchanges and introducing legal safeguards in the industry. The government set out to establish new guidelines for the crypto industry, including criteria for listing new assets, trade and market monitoring, disclosure standards, and more.

The Terra-Luna stablecoin-crypto pair was popular among South Korea’s crypto-friendly population. Its collapse left many South Koreans financially destitute, prompting a legal crackdown against Do Kwon and others responsible. 

On the Flipside

  • Multiple investors have filed claims against the network founders, Daniel Shin and Do Kwon.
  • South Korea maintains a tough stance on crypto regulations. Recently, the country remained firm on a Bitcoin ETF ban despite its approval in the United States. 

Why This Matters

The legal challenges faced by Terraform Labs represent a turning point in how global authorities approach regulation and oversight in the cryptocurrency industry. This case will set a precedent for future legal actions against other entities in the DeFi space. 

Read more about the Terra-Luna collapse: 
The Collapse of LUNA: What Happened and Why?

Read more about Solana’s recent performance: 
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David Marsanic

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