New York’s attorney general has joined Kentucky, New Jersey and Alabama authorities in launching an attack on digital currency lending platforms, with sights set on Celsius and Nexo.
A New York court has ordered digital currency firm Coinseed to shut down, marking a win for the New York Attorney General’s Office.
The Office of the Attorney General received a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request at the end of June, demanding material associated with the settlement agreement reached between the NYAG and Tether/Bitfinex.
Coinseed founder Delgerdalai Davaasambuu announced the shutdown this week, blaming all his firm’s woes on New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Never forget that Tether used to tell you that it was 100% backed by U.S. currency, and it was only after an New York Attorney General investigation forced its hand that it ever admitted this wasn’t the case.
The New York Attorney General’s Office is accusing digital currency trading startup Coinseed of allegedly selling worthless tokens to investors.
Tether is becoming an artisan at promising to provide an audit showing that its stablecoin is fully backed and then doing everything in its power to avoid exactly that.
In an alert aimed at New York investors, Attorney General James described the “extreme risk” of investing in digital currencies, made all the more relevant by the recent surge in prices.
The NYAG statement is highly critical of Bitfinex and Tether, accusing them of “recklessly and unlawfully [covering up] massive financial losses” and “illegally trading virtual currencies in the state of New York.”
The firm, which operates a mobile application allowing users to trade digital currencies, sold its CSD tokens to investors, according to federal authorities.
The loan was taken to cover for the loss of $850 million in co-mingled client and corporate funds caused by entrusting its liquidity to a Panamanian company called Crypto Capital, according to NYAG.