Tether says New York handed over financial documents to CoinDesk

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  • Tether says New York’s Attorney General handed over documents related to a 2021 settlement with the state to CoinDesk.
  • The documents include details about Tether’s customers and bank statements.

Stablecoin issuer Tether said Thursday that New York's Attorney General has provided information about the company's business that was gathered in the course of a 2021 settlement with the state to crypto media publication CoinDesk.

In February 2021, the NYAG agreed with Tether to cease activity with those living in New York and pay $18.5 million in fines. The investigation found that Tether at times lacked banking access and that its stablecoin was not always backed 1:1 with cash.

Shortly after, CoinDesk filed a Freedom of Information Law request with the NYAG for the documents gathered during the investigation. Initially Tether fought the request but it said today that it dropped its opposition.

Tether says documents are out of date 

The documents include statements from Tether's banks, which Tether argued are out of date — having changed the core makeup of the stablecoin's backing over the last two years.

The documents include a lot of names of private individuals who were Tether's customers at the time, according to a source familiar with the matter.

"The published information, if properly read and interpreted, only demonstrates publicly the legitimacy of Tether’s business and the existence of its reserves," Tether said in a blog post

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