Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the former CEO of Zipmex Thailand for publishing false information and misleading customers. The SEC said Akarlap Yimwilai, who was in charge of the Thai unit of the Singapore crypto exchange from 2018 to 2023, misled customers, even as US rival exchange Bakkt cites cash flow issues.
The Thai SEC accused former Zipmex Thailand CEO Akarlap Yimwila of corruption and deception in a statement on Thursday.
Thailand SEC Accuses Zipmex of Fraud
According to the Thai SEC, Zipmex Thailand moved funds from Zipmex’s Z Wallet to an overseas crypto wallet. This action contradicts the wallet’s terms of service, in which customers do not expect their funds to be moved for the company’s benefit. The SEC says that the action constitutes fraud and has petitioned the CEO of the Provincial Crime Suppression Division Office to investigate the allegations.
Zipmex Thailand is the local business of its Singapore parent, Zipmex, and received an operating license from the SEC in 2020. The regulator fined the exchange and Yimwilai for alleged violations of the digital asset trading law in 2021. Last week, it ordered the business to suspend its digital asset trading and brokerage.
Zipmex filed for a two-month moratorium on repayments amid a bankruptcy reorganization during the crypto bear market. The exchange filed for bankruptcy in late July 2022 after the collapse of the TerraLuna ecosystem. The court approved its moratorium, shortly after which Yimwilai stepped down as the CEO ofZipmex Asia.
In a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said that evolving conditions have hindered its expansion into overseas markets and generated revenues. Accordingly, the company plans to liquidate $150 million of securities to receive cash to continue operations.
“If we cannot continue as a viable entity, our stockholders would likely lose most or all of their investment in us,” the exchange said.
Investors have lost much since the listing, as Bakkt’s stock price has fallen 85% to $1.45 since then. The company’s trading revenues have also been affected by the delisting of popular altcoins, ADA, MATIC, and SOL, following the US SEC’s allegations they were unregistered securities.
BeInCrypto has reached out to Bakkt but has yet to hear back at publication time.