Taiwan Smashes Crypto Laundering Ring Amid Regulatory Shift

Taiwan authorities busted a major crypto laundering ring involving $320 million USDT as it tightens its regulatory grip.

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  • An investigative team has uncovered the largest cryptocurrency laundering operation in Taiwan.
  • Taiwan police have arrested the alleged mastermind. 
  • Taiwan recently proposed a new regulatory framework for its crypto industry.

The cryptocurrency industry has ushered in a new era of possibilities, including financial innovations and a thriving digital ecosystem. However, despite its numerous positive benefits, it is often marred by malicious actors who exploit its decentralized nature to engage in fraudulent activities.

Amid these, Taiwan, which has been gradually warming up to the cryptocurrency industry with a string of regulatory initiatives, has recently cracked down on a group of criminals for money laundering.

Unmasking The Players and Their Cryptocurrency Shuffle

According to a local report, the Taiwan Criminal Bureau’s Electronic Investigation Team has cracked down on a year-long crypto laundering operation involving a staggering 320 million USDT.


Led by a 40-year-old Taiwanese named Qui, the scheme funneled illicitly acquired funds through a complex network of deceit and shell accounts, ultimately landing in Qui’s possession.

With a team of three individuals, Qui converted the funds into crypto assets to obscure their origins and facilitate the laundering process, earning a 1% on each transaction. Qui’s criminal network extended across several countries in Southeast Asia, including  Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Philippines, involving a total of 2,166,177 illegally obtained Tether coins with a market value of 70 million yuan (approximately $2.2 million).

Police arrested Qui on June 13th, and the identified individuals will face charges as accomplices in fraud and money laundering activities.


The controversy raises questions about the impact of this on Taiwan as a region that is just beginning to implement industry regulations.

Taiwan’s Crypto Industry and Regulatory Framework

Throughout 2023, Taiwan has worked to tighten regulatory overhaul within the region.

On September 7th, the Taiwan Financial Supervisory Commission (fFSC) introduced stricter regulatory standards for the cryptocurrency industry, in line with its “2021 Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Guideline” for investors and businesses.

Taiwan’s legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, also introduced the “Virtual Asset Management Regulation on October 23 to establish a comprehensive framework for the operation and development of all virtual asset operators within the Taiwanese cryptocurrency industry.

On the Flipside

  • The crackdown in Taiwan could lead to legislators imposing stricter standards and strengthening industry oversight.
  • The regulatory bill proposed on October 23 is still pending approval from Taiwan’s Executive Yuan.
  • Hong Kong recently faced a similar scandal involving the fraudulent JPEX crypto exchange, which has shaken confidence in the region’s cryptocurrency industry.

Why This Matters

The recently exposed money laundering scheme can influence how Taiwanese financial authorities perceive and regulate the crypto space, potentially shaping the region’s industry future.

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Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.