Federal Investigations Against Bankrupt Crypto Lender Celsius

Federal Investigations Against Bankrupt Crypto Lender Celsius
  • The company has received inquiries from the SEC, CFTC and FTC.
  •  A federal grand jury subpoena was issued to the firm.

US federal investigations are being conducted into the bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Celsius Network as per the Bloomberg report. According to a document submitted by attorneys for Celsius’ committee of unsecured creditors, “the number and scope of investigations of the debtors by governmental entities are significant. Celsius is subject to enforcement proceedings or investigations in at least 40 states, in addition to investigations or inquiries involving the federal government.”

The most recent filing indicates increased scrutiny of Celsius, which gained enormous popularity by offering interest on coin deposits. But as cryptocurrency prices fell in June and its risky bets failed, it stopped allowing withdrawals and filed for bankruptcy in July.

Inquiries From the CFTC, SEC, and FTC

The Federal Trade Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and US Securities and Exchange Commission have all contacted the lender, according to earlier filings. A federal grand jury subpoena was also issued to the company by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The majority of Celsius’s clients ultimately became the company’s unsecured creditors, who were represented by the committee.

Numerous creditors have written letters to the judge overseeing the case accusing Celsius and its former CEO Alex Mashinsky of misrepresenting the risks associated with entrusting their coins to the company. According to reports, Alex Mashinsky withdrew $10 million from the struggling cryptocurrency lender a few weeks before it froze customer funds and filed for bankruptcy. 

Mashinsky had come under fire for spreading untrue information about the security of users’ funds when the cryptocurrency lender was on the verge of going out of business.

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