FTC publicizes investigation into Voyager’s ‘misleading and unfair advertising’ of crypto


America Federal Commerce Fee, or FTC, mentioned it had began an investigation of crypto lending agency Voyager Digital parallel to the corporate’s chapter proceedings.

In a Feb. 22 submitting in U.S. Chapter Court docket for the Southern District of New York, the FTC mentioned it was investigating Voyager and its workers “for his or her misleading and unfair advertising of cryptocurrency to the general public”. The announcement adopted Chapter Decide Michael Wiles initially approving of a plan wherein Voyager debtors would promote the agency’s property to Binance.US for greater than $1 billion.

In line with the FTC submitting — an objection to the debtors’ plan — the fee argued among the events concerned in Voyager’s chapter proceedings shouldn’t be exempt from sure monetary claims, “together with money owed for ‘false illustration,’ and ‘false pretenses’”:

“By not excluding, inter alia, false pretenses and false representations, the discharge may be learn to intrude with causes of motion by a governmental unit just like the FTC. That is impermissible […] the FTC respectfully requests the Court docket deny affirmation of the Debtors’ Proposed Plan.”

Voyager filed for Chapter 11 chapter in the USA in July 2022 previous to related filings from Celsius Community, FTX, and BlockFi. One of many proposed plans for restructuring the agency would have Binance.US purchase Voyager’s property, however the U.S. Securities and Trade Fee has objected to the transfer, citing an absence of “vital info.”

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Chapter proceedings for Celsius and FTX are additionally ongoing, with respective chief government officers Alex Mashinsky and Sam Bankman-Fried dealing with scrutiny from U.S. authorities for his or her alleged actions previous to the businesses submitting for Chapter 11. Below Celsius’ proposed restructuring plan, greater than 85% of customers had been anticipated to get well roughly 70% of their funds.