OKEx founder reportedly under investigation as exchange suspends withdrawals

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The founder of major global cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has been reportedly questioned by authorities previous to OKEx suspending cryptocurrency withdrawals.

OKEx founder Mingxing Xu, also known as Star Xu, has reportedly been questioned by the police, Chinese news agency Caixin reported on Oct. 16. According to the report, the exec was investigated “at least a week ago” and has also been absent from work for a while.

When approached for comment on Xu’s participation in a police inquiry, OKEx told Cointelegraph that the exchange is no longer affiliated with OK Group, where Xu is a senior executive, and therefore was not in a position to comment on his activities. 

The news comes shortly after OKEx suspended withdrawals of crypto assets on its platform on Oct. 16. According to the exchange, OKEx’s private key holders are cooperating with a public security bureau in an ongoing investigation. The exchange told Cointelegraph:

“We are unable to disclose the nature of an ongoing investigation but would like to assure all OKEx users that their funds are safe and that all other functions on OKEx are unaffected.”

OKEx CEO Jay Hao said that the decision to temporarily suspend withdrawals was taken “with user security in mind,” stating: 

“As a world-leading exchange, user security is not something that OKEx can or will ever compromise on. We will do everything in our power to reinstate this service promptly and will provide updates on the matter as soon as possible.”

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