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CFTC investigators conclude ex-Celsius CEO Mashinsky broke US rules: Report


Investigators from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have reportedly determined that bankrupt crypto lender Celsius and its former CEO Alex Mashinsky broke a number of U.S. rules before the company’s implosion.

According to a July 5 report from Bloomberg, attorneys from the CFTC’s enforcement division found that Celsius misled investors, failed to register with the regulator and that Mashinsky broke a number of regulations, citing people familiar with the matter. 

If the majority of the CFTC commissioners agree with the investigators’ findings, the agency could file a case against the collapsed crypto lender in U.S. federal court as early as this month, according to the sources.

The CFTC investigators’ findings add to a growing pile of regulatory action against the now-defunct crypto lending platform. The New York Attorney General sued Mashinsky on Jan. 5, alleging that the former CEO misled investors and caused billions of dollars in losses. 

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On June 16 last year, securities regulators from five different U.S. states opened an investigation into Celsius three days after the firm abruptly halted user withdrawals on June 13. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) along with federal prosecutors from Manhattan also launched a series of probes into the firm, according to May court filings. Bloomberg notes that both the SEC and representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York have declined to comment on the status of the investigations.

Cointelegraph contacted the CFTC and Alex Mashinsky but is yet to receive a response. 

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