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July 8, 2022, 2:23 AM

Embattled Crypto Lender Celsius Accused of Fraud in Suit (1)

Zeke Faux
Zeke Faux
Bloomberg News

Celsius Network, the crypto lender that froze assets last month, used customer funds to manipulate the price of its proprietary token and lost hundreds of millions of dollars by failing to hedge risk, a former money manager for the company said in a lawsuit.

Celsius amassed more than $20 billion in assets by offering interest rates as high as 18% to customers who deposited their cryptocurrencies. Founder Alex Mashinsky dismissed skepticism about whether that was sustainable, saying the company was able to earn high rates itself.

But Celsius was in fact struggling to cover the payouts and suffered “severe ...