Crypto Custodian Prime Trust to Cease Operations in Texas at End of January

Prime Trust, a digital-asset custodian, will stop doing business in the U.S. state of Texas effective Jan. 31, according to a notice posted on its website.

The company provides custody and other services to key players in the crypto industry such as Swan, Abra and Okcoin, according to its website.

Prime Trust notified customers three days ago that it withdrew its Texas Money Transmitter License (MTL) application, rendering the firm ineligible to operate in the Lone Star State, although it intends to reapply.

“We continually renew applications, and this is a part of the process,” Michelle Marin, senior vice president of communications at Prime Trust, told CoinDesk. “We intend to swiftly reapply and resume business in Texas.”

Public records show Prime Trust was fined $29,850 by the Banking Commissioner of Texas last year for conducting money transmission activities in the state without a license.

CoinDesk requested clarification for why Prime Trust withdrew its MTL application but the firm declined to comment further.

According to Prime Trust's notice, users who try to open a new account from Texas will receive an error message, and further contributions to accounts in the state are blocked. Disbursements are not blocked, and the company says it will work with customers to close down accounts.

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