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  • Vermont Regulators alleges that Celsius is misleading the crypto investors.
  • The regulator claimed that the Company’s Chief Executive has made false claims to investors about the company’s financial health.

On September 9, 2022 a report by The Wall Street Journal, Vermont Regulators alleged on bankrupt crypto firm Celsius Network. The regulator claimed, “Alex Mashinsky, Chief Executive of Celsius Network, made false and misleading claims to investors about the firm’s financial health even as it suffered huge losses.”

Earlier this week, court papers were filed against the firm. It includes the analysis by the security regulators of several states on Celsius‘ preliminary internal financial records.

The Filing Against Celsius

According to the court filing, “State and federal securities laws required Celsius to publicly disclose financial statements and a range of material information about its financial condition, business, and risk factors. Instead, Celsius and its management kept its massive losses, asset deficit, and deteriorating financial condition secret from investors.”

Additionally, the filing by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation further includes a statement by Celsius’s Chief Financial Officer, Chris Ferraro in a recent meeting of creditors. In which he stated that, “the company’s insolvency started with financial losses in 2020, running through 2021.” It opposes the claims of Mr. Mashinsky, who blamed summer crypto downtown and a sudden surge in customer withdrawals as causes behind the company’s collapse.

Vermont also stated that the regulatory will support calls by government lawyers and Celsius customers to appoint the examiner to investigate Celsius’s financial affairs. While, there is no immediate response from Celsius Network to a request for comment.

As Mashinsky tweeted on 11 May that, despite extreme market volatility, Celsius had not experienced “significant losses”. The regulators’ review of company financial records indicate Celsius racked up over $454m in unrealised losses between 2 May and 12 May. It must be noted that in July 2022 the firm filed for Chapter 11 and disclosed a ~$1.2B dump in its balance sheet.

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