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Seized crypto secure with US Marshals Service? Not a lot, new audit reveals

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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the United States Department of Justice carried out an in depth audit of the cryptocurrencies seized by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) — revealing the dire want for the federal company to revamp its current crypto administration and coverage methods.

OIG’s audit on the seized cryptocurrencies discovered the USMS implementing ample safeguards over its storage and entry. However, the company was discovered to be utilizing spreadsheets to take care of monitor of the stock owing to the shortcoming of the present system, Consolidated Asset Tracking System (CATS), for each day administration of crypto belongings.

OIG’s audit disclosed the dearth of documented insurance policies and practices associated to the administration of seized crypto belongings — particularly associated to using stock spreadsheets— including:

“Current USMS seized cryptocurrency administration insurance policies are insufficient, absent, or in some cases present conflicting steerage associated to asset storage, quantification, valuation, and disposal.”

Having the information about USMS’s intent to outsource the administration of seized cryptocurrencies, the Justice division’s OIG laid down seven suggestions to assist enhance the administration of the identical, beginning with implementing a property administration system ”that logs edit historical past to forestall fraudulent alteration of the stock information.”

In addition, the OIG really useful establishing recent insurance policies associated to the correct safety and dealing with of the spreadsheets used for monitoring crypto seizures. This consists of shifting the information from the spreadsheets into the CATS stock.

Other key suggestions embody introducing a ample variety of decimal locations to make sure fractional accuracy and implementing insurance policies catering to blockchain forks and bodily management over belongings seized by the USMS, “together with pertinent USMS pockets keys.”

The report additionally revealed that USMS concurred with all of the seven suggestions and will likely be closed upon proof of its whole implementation.

Related: SEC boss worries crypto invoice undermines monetary protections

CoinShares’ weekly Digital Asset Fund Flows report highlighted the off-loading of digital asset merchandise price $101.5 million amid anticipation of “hawkish financial coverage,” stating:

“What has pushed Bitcoin right into a ‘crypto winter’ during the last six months can by and huge be defined as a direct results of an more and more hawkish rhetoric from the US Federal Reserve.”

The report additionally highlighted that the whole belongings beneath administration for Ether (ETH) funds fell from their peak of $23 billion in November 2021 to $8.7 billion as of June 10, 2022.

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