- The Independent examiner appointed for Celsius Network LLC’s chapter 11 case said that the company failed to set up proper accounting and operational controls.
- The examiner found that Celsius had not developed a separate infrastructure for the custody program, which it started offering in April.
- Celsius had to transfer funds from the rest of its holdings into the custody accounts to address frequent shortfalls.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that Celsius continued to mix deposits in so-called withheld accounts, the second type of account it created in response to regulatory pressure, with the rest of its funds.
- As a result, Celsius customers now face uncertainty over which assets belong to them as of the bankruptcy filing date.
- In 2021, state and federal regulators began investigating whether Celsius’s earn accounts were securities that shouldn’t be sold to unaccredited investors.
- In September 2021, regulators in New Jersey ordered Celsius to stop offering new yield-earning accounts to individual investors.
- In response, Celsius created the custody and withhold programs, requiring US customers to make any new deposits into those new types of accounts that earned no interest.
- At the time of Celsius’s bankruptcy filing, $180 million of coins were held in the custody accounts. Withhold accounts have just over $13 million in deposits.
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