How ‘Good Guy’ Reputation Secured Binance’s CZ a 4-Month Prison Sentence

The judge, CZ’s defense lawyers and even prosecutors acknowledged during the 2 1/2 hour sentencing hearing that this 47-year-old billionaire was not your run-of-the-mill criminal defendant. Instead, he was a philanthropist, a do-gooder, a first-time lawbreaker and family man who turned himself in to accept whatever may come.

This unexpected resuscitation of the crypto kingpin’s reputation factored into his fate: a tremendously light sentence of four months, far less than the three years prosecutors sought to punish – in their telling – this historically egregious violation of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

Judge Richard Jones, 74, had none of it. “To be honest with you, sir, everything I see about your history and characteristics are of a mitigating nature,” he said to Zhao near the start of his sentencing. He recalled going through a book of glowing sentencing letters that CZ’s friends and family had submitted.

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