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Kwon, however, insists he is not on the run and said Tuesday on Twitter that he is “making zero effort to hide.” The crypto founder claims he goes on walks and is in his living room coding.
But research from analytics platform CryptoQuant suggests that the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) set up a digital wallet on Sept. 15 and sent 3,310 bitcoin to KuCoin and OKX. The Luna Foundation Guard is a non-profit aimed at promoting the blockchain Terra, created by Kwon’s company Terraform Labs.
The LFG responded on Tuesday saying it had not created any new wallets, or moved bitcoin or other digital currencies around since May 2022. It also posted its wallet address on Twitter.
But CryptoQuant replied: “That’s the public one,” suggesting the Luna Foundation Guard has another wallet address not explicitly linked to the nonprofit.
Kwon also refuted the claims of bitcoin being moved.
He said on Twitter that there was no attempt to “cashout” and that he’s not used KuCoin or OKX in “at least the last year.” He added that no funds of Terraform Labs, LFG or other entites have been frozen.
KuCoin told CNBC on Wednesday that it is “willing to cooperate with any global law enforcement agencies when it comes to cases of investigations pertaining to the origin and freezing of suspected assets.”
It added that in relation to Kwon and the request by South Korean prosecutors to freeze funds linked to the crypto founder, “we would like you to first address the issue to any related authorities and clarify their stance regarding the matter.”
CNBC told KuCoin it had already spoken to authorities. A KuCoin spokesperson said the company “can’t disclose any details in order not to interfere with the case.”
OKX has not yet responded to a request for comment.