Binance, the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider, today announced the appointment of Tigran Gambaryan and Matthew Price, both former special agents of the Internal Revenue Service — Criminal Investigation (IRS -CI) Cyber Crimes Unit in Washington, DC
Tigran joins Binance as Vice President of Global Intelligence and Investigations after a decade at IRS-CI. As a special agent, Tigran has investigated cases involving national security, terrorist financing, identity theft, the distribution of child pornography, tax evasion and violations of bank secrecy law in the United States. during his award-winning career. Tigran has conducted several multi-billion dollar cyber investigations, including the Silk Road Corruption Investigations, the BTC-e Bitcoin Exchange, and the Mt. Gox Hack.
Matthew joins Binance as Senior Director of Investigations with 15 years of law enforcement and intelligence experience, having led cybercrime, money laundering and financial crime investigations and efforts to mitigate them. threats of counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Formerly IRS-CI Special Agent, Matthew led international cyber investigations targeting bad actors who sought to exploit cryptocurrency for illicit purposes. Matthew was the lead investigator for Helix, the first successful investigation and prosecution of an illicit bitcoin tumble service operating on the darknet.
This announcement follows recent appointments of a former Europol specialist covering Dark Web investigations, Nils Andersen Röed and former detective from Mariposa County, California, Aron Akbiyikian, who also conducted investigations at Chainalysis and TRM Labs before joining Binance.
“Binance’s investigative team now includes the world’s best investigators who have worked on some of the most significant cyber investigations in history with an unparalleled track record in this space,” Binance CEO “CZ” (Changpeng Zhao) said. “This level of experience will make Binance a leader in compliance, building confidence in Binance and the cryptocurrency ecosystem as a whole.”
Led by Binance Security Officer Jimmy Su and Tigran, the audit and investigation team will focus on internal and external investigations to prevent threats and financial loss while continuing to work closely with law enforcement and regulators around the world.
“Compliance is the first line of defense”, said Tigrane. “We will work closely with our colleagues in compliance to identify criminals and refer them for prosecution. The ever-changing crypto industry requires close cooperation between industry, law enforcement, and regulators. Our goal is to increase confidence in cryptocurrency by making Binance the leading contributor in the fight against human trafficking, ransomware, and terrorist financing.
“I want to educate the global law enforcement community on how Binance is a partner in the fight against the illicit use of cryptocurrency, keeping the ecosystem more secure and moving it forward in a sustainable manner. “, added Tigrane.