I will get to the new concerns in a moment, but first let's review how Tether works as well as the long-standing suspicions.
Please consider the Wall Street Journal April 12, 2018 article on the Mystery Behind Tether, the Crypto World's Digital Dollar.
A fast-growing digital currency that claims to be backed by U.S. dollars has become a cornerstone of the volatile cryptocurrency market. The problem: There isn't hard evidence the cash supporting it exists.
Unlike other cryptocurrencies that fluctuate wildly in value, one tether generally equals one dollar. This makes it a sort of digital-dollar substitute.
But Tether has never produced an audit showing it has the purported reserves. The company that controls tether maintains it has the reserves, yet it has never named the banks it uses to hold these funds, nor said where they are based and regulated.