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SPECIAL REPORT: Celsius Network’s Alex Mashinsky Is Arrested as SEC, CFTC, FTC Sue Bankrupt Crypto Lender

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused the former CEO of Celsius of orchestrating a ‘years-long scheme’ to mislead customers.

July 13, 2023

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Alex Mashinsky, the esteemed co-founder and former CEO of the now-defunct crypto lender Celsius, was apprehended in New York on Thursday. This arrest stems from a meticulous investigation into the intricate circumstances surrounding the company's unfortunate collapse.

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Mashinsky, alongside his co-defendants, faces a comprehensive set of allegations encompassing seven charges, including securities fraud, commodities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to manipulate the price of Celsius' token CEL, as outlined in a meticulously prepared indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The weight of these accusations is further emphasized by the simultaneous filing of multiple independent lawsuits against Mashinsky and Celsius by prominent regulatory bodies such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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