US Senator Elizabeth Warren has raised concerns about the role of cryptocurrencies in facilitating various forms of crime and illicit financial activity.
According to Warren, “rogue nations,” oligarchs, and drug dealers are utilizing digital assets to fund their criminal enterprises. To tackle this issue, she has proposed a bill aimed at addressing the illegal use of cryptocurrencies.
As a long-time critic of cryptocurrencies, Senator Warren asserts that the technology is being exploited by criminals for money laundering, evading sanctions, and financing terrorism.
She believes that this poses a significant problem that requires a solution. Warren emphasizes the need to close loopholes and implement common-sense rules to regulate the crypto industry effectively.
In December 2022, Warren introduced the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act, which aims to subject the crypto industry to the same money laundering regulations that apply to traditional financial systems. The bill seeks to ensure compliance and prevent the illegal use of digital assets.
In February, Senator Warren announced her plans to reintroduce the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act.
She expressed concerns about the use of cryptocurrencies by criminals, including drug traffickers and ransomware attackers, as well as nations such as North Korea and Iran, to launder billions of dollars in illicit funds.
During a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing, Warren emphasized the need for simple and consistent regulations.
She argued that transactions with similar risks should be subject to the same rules, regardless of whether they occur in traditional financial systems or the crypto industry.