Non-Event But Still Increased Exposure: Bitcoin Defined as ‘Money’ Under DC Federal Court

Bitcoin is a form of “money” under Washington D.C. Money Transmitters Act, a federal court said on Friday.

The ruling was made in a criminal case against Larry Dean Harmon, who operated an underground bitcoin trading platform for running an unlicensed money transmitting business under D.C. law and for laundering money under federal law, reported Bloomberg.

Money “commonly means a medium of exchange, method of payment, or store of value,” said Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. “Bitcoin is these things.”

It may seem like big news, but in actuality, it is a “non event,” which would have a minimal impact, if any, on how bitcoin is treated by the market.

“This just means that if you’re a bitcoin intermediary for someone living in DC, you need a money transmitter license,” clarified Neeraj K. Aggarwal of Coin Center. Also, it would not affect taxes, he said.

Stil, “Increased exposure nonetheless. Dates I like are Aug/7, Aug/28, and Sept/25 (FOMC meeting). Because vol is cheap, range is tight, macro correlations meaningful, and there are two major events in that horizon,” said economist and trader Alex Kruger.

Harmon was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2019, and his service, located on the Darknet, was used to exchange about $311 million between 2014 and 2017.

The court also denied Harmon’s motion to release his 160 Bitcoin seized by the government.

Get Daily Headlines

Enter Best Email to Get Trending Crypto News & Bitcoin Market Updates

What to Know More?

Join Our Telegram Group to Receive Live Updates on The Latest Blockchain & Crypto News From Your Favorite Projects

Join Our Telegram

Stay Up to Date!

Join us on Twitter to Get The Latest Trading Signals, Blockchain News, and Daily Communication with Crypto Users!

Join Our Twitter

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.
Bitcoin Exchange Guide