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Binance Founder Faces Potential 10-Year Jail Term, Prosecutors Argue

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The legal situation for Binance founder Changpeng 'CZ' Zhao has intensified as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is advocating for travel restrictions on him until sentencing and is proposing a possible 10-year prison sentence. This comes in response to a decision by Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida allowing CZ to reside in the UAE until two weeks before his sentencing. The DOJ expressed surprise at this decision, emphasizing that individuals of CZ's stature, having pleaded guilty and facing potential prison time, are typically detained or restricted from leaving the US. The DOJ cites CZ's lack of ties to the US, his family and wealth in the UAE, and the risk of flight, given his special status as a UAE citizen, as reasons for the proposed restrictions. Additionally, the government is considering arguing for the statutory maximum of ten years in CZ's sentencing, revealing this in a recent court filing. The legal developments raise implications for the crypto industry.