Switzerland seizes $26M tied to Do Kwon, Terra
Earlier reports suggested that project members held $13 million in a Swiss Bank.
The news outlet said that authorities froze $26 million of Bitcoin and other digital assets held at the Zurich-based Sygnum Bank. Those assets belonged to Do Kwon and Han Chang-joon — formerly the CEO and CFO of Terraform Labs, respectively.
Digital Asset said that Swiss authorities acted to freeze the assets in question after receiving a request from the New York Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
It also noted that previous reports from Bloomberg suggested that Kwon held $13 million in Sygnum Bank — just half of the current total seized. Bloomberg’s report, originally published on June 8, also said that Kwon had moved $29 million of cryptocurrency separate from the funds stored in the Swiss account.
Terraform Labs and its various projects collapsed in May 2022. U.S. and South Korean authorities are now pursuing separate charges against Kwon and their associates.
Kwon was sentenced to four months of imprisonment in Montenegro on June 19 after he was found guilty of using forged travel documents. Kwon and other Terra associates fled multiple countries in 2022 following their project’s failure.