- Hong Kong authorities have formed a crypto task force.
- The development comes in light of fraud allegations on the JPEX exchange.
- The task force draws professionals across SFC and HKPF.
On October 4, the region’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced a dedicated task force in collaboration with the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) to enhance collaboration in monitoring and investigating crypto-related crimes.
Bringing Together High-Level Divisions of Law Enforcement
Per the announcement, the task force was established following a high-ranking meeting between the two government agencies on September 28, which came on the heels of multiple arrests and cash asset seizures connected to the unfolding JPEX exchange scandal.
Although the press release didn’t quote an exact number of people on the task force, the SFC affirmed that it comprised of individuals drawn from the HKPF’s Financial Intelligence and Investigations Bureau, Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, Commercial Crime Bureau, and the SFC’s Enforcement and Intermediaries Divisions.
“We have always valued our working relationship with the Police and we look forward to our even closer collaboration in deploying our respective expertise and resources in combatting problematic VATPs and protect the interest of investors.” SFC’s Executive Director of Enforcement, Mr. Christopher Wilson, said.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ms. Eve Chung, lauded the collaboration, noting that it would foster fast-tracking of vital intelligence in response to the challenges arising from VATPs and help the government “better protect the general public of Hong Kong.”
JPEX Led to a Public Outcry
Following public outcry, and just a day before the joint task force was established, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security spoke in a press conference and vowed to hunt down the “ringleader” of JPEX after 2,392 victims came forward to file complaints about the exchange.
With the rejuvenated task force in place, that might just happen sooner than expected.
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