Tens of Celsius clients ask US court to recover $22.5M in crypto
The bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Celsius is facing more legal issues as disgruntled clients are taking action to recover their funds after the platform froze withdrawals in June.
An ad hoc group of 64 custodial account holders at Celsius on Wednesday filed a complaint with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in order to recover their assets.
According to court documents, the creditors are seeking to recover a total of more than $22.5 million worth of cryptocurrency assets collectively held in Celsius’ custody service. The ad hoc group is represented by bankruptcy-focused law firm Togut, Segal & Segal.
Celsius Network is one of the many crypto lending platforms that have experienced major issues amid the ongoing bear market and associated liquidity issues in the crypto lending sector. The company has a $1.2 billion gap in its balance sheet, with most liabilities owed to its users. Celsius filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-July.
Amid the ongoing legal and liquidity challenges, Celsius filed a lawsuit against major U.S. custodian Prime Trust in late August. The firm argued that Prime Trust failed to return $17 million worth of crypto in June 2021 when it terminated its relationship with the lending firm.