Celsius Faces Legal Charges From State Regulators and SEC

  • Crypto lending firm Celsius halted withdrawals from its platform.
  • The firm’s action provoked an investigation from security regulators and the SEC.
  • Legal charges from individuals like Ben Armstrong were also added from the firm’s plate.

Celsius was in deeper trouble after State securities regulators in Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington are set to investigate the crypto lending firm as per Reuters. The investigation was in response to the crypto lending firm’s decision to halt customer’s withdrawals, transfers, and swaps earlier this week. 

The Texas State Securities Board Enforcement Director Joseph Rotunda told Reuters on Thursday that the officials met and began investigating the pausing of withdrawals on Monday morning.

Rotunda pointed out that the probe is a “priority.” In addition, the director said that he was troubled about the firm’s decision because many clients, such as retail investors, are in need to access their assets but couldn’t do so. He opined:

The inability to access their investment may result in significant financial consequences.

Joseph Borg, Director of Alabama Securities Commission, also told Reuters that securities regulators in Alabama, Texas, New Jersey, and Kentucky are probing the situation. Borg added that the US Securities and Exchange Commission was also looking into the Celsius’ situation.

Celsius collects deposits from retail investors and invests them in other crypto market sites that use blockchain technology. The firm guaranteed these investors huge returns up to  18.6% annually.

Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celsius, said the firm has gathered assets up to $25 billion in October. However, that asset tumbled to around $11.8 billion as of May according to the firm’s website.

Meanwhile, YouTuber Ben Armstrong announced on Twitter that he would file a lawsuit against the firm.

Now, Celsius faces both legal challenges and investigations from State security regulators and SEC.

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