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Georgia Department of Banking and Finance issues cease and desist over licensing violation involving bitcoin

State Issues State Regulators Licensing Enforcement Bitcoin

State Issues

On July 26, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (Department) announced the issuance of a cease and desist order against a bitcoin trading platform. According to the Department, the company allegedly engaged in the sale of payment instruments and money transmissions without first acquiring a valid license or applicable exemption in violation of the state’s financial institutions code. Licensure requirements in the state apply to persons engaged in transactions involving virtual currency.