TMZ Claims Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled Embroiled in $25 Million Crypto Scam Lawsuit

Alan Wass

Boxing royalty Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled are allegedly embroiled in a $25 million crypto scam and are supposedly being sued for their involvement.

Floyd Mayweather is used to being intrinsically linked with his ‘money’ moniker, but this ‘money’ matter involving his promotion of the Centra Tech crypto scam is causing the pugilist some grief.

Lawsuit for Mayweather and Khaled?

According to exclusive TMZ report, both Mayweather and the much-celebrated hip-hop beat-maker, DJ Khaled have been allegedly caught up for being celebrity endorsers of the $25 million Centra Tech crypto scam. It is believed by TMZ that Mayweather and Khaled are actually involved in the lawsuit for promoting the digital asset across their social media platforms.

The report also stated that investors in the scam are looking to retrieve their money, alongside seeking damages from not only Centra Tech but also the two celebrities.

At this moment in time, the news is still somewhat suspect. It is still unclear whether the two have been indicted based on new information in regards to the crypto scam, or are part of the class action filled in June this year claiming that Centra Tech was violating SEC regulations while selling their CTR token.

Centra Tech Crypto Scam

The Centra Tech crypto scam was first unearthed earlier this year when a magistrate judge released a report that the tokens being sold by the Centra Tech ICO were securities. Centra Tech’s three co-founders Sohrab Sharma, Raymond Trapani, and Robert Farkas were arrested and detained in April and were later accused of defrauding investors in the alleged ICO scam.

Authorities at the time alleged that the trio was making false claims in regards to their token and about its relationship with credible financial networks. It was also claimed that the ICO was illegal and that the founders lied about partnership deals and supposed collaborations with MasterCard and Visa.

The co-founders are currently facing a combined total of 65 years in prison and will be subject to financial penalties for their involvement in the crypto scam.

Although Mayweather and Khaled are not directly linked in the scam, they both promoted the CTR token across their Instagram accounts in the pre-sale stage of the ICO. Mayweather encouraged investors to “join Centra’s ICO on Sept. 19th” in a screenshot from TechCrunch.

DJ Khaled also promoted the CTR token on an Instagram post that said: “The Central Card & Central Wallet app is the ultimate winner in Cryptocurrency debit cards.”

Although TMZ has reported that Khaled and Mayweather are now being sued for their involvement in the crypto scam, neither parties have released a statement on the matter.

Unregulated Crypto Derivatives Exchanges Dominate Regulated Alternatives

Trading volume on unregulated Bitcoin (BTC) derivatives exchanges is growing rapidly, and continuing to far outpace their regulated-institutional counterparts, according to the most recent (March) CryptoCompare Exchange Review.

unregulated exchange volume(source: CryptoCompare)

Both OKEx and bitFlyer exchanges hosted an average daily derivative trading volume worth well over a billion dollars during March - $1.5 billion and $1.14 billion respectively according to CryptoCompare. It seems then that the older derivative stalwart BitMEX, at $645 million daily average volume, has been rapidly eclipsed by the newer exchanges.

regulated exchange volume(source: CryptoCompare)

Institutional, fiat-dealing (regulated) exchanges hosted a fraction of this volume, the highest being $70.5 million on the CME exchange. CryptoGlobe reported last month the CME’s primary competitor, the CBOE, was shuttering its Bitcoin futures products citing low demand. CME volume spiked last month, but is down this month below to January levels.

However, despite the relatively low average volume, the CME did have one bumper day of record-breaking Bitcoin futures trading volume, trading nearly $550 million worth of bitcoin on April 4th - days after Bitcoin’s unbelievable breakout from its $4,200 resistance.

Outflanked

The ease of onboarding new customers may explain why the unregulated exchanges get more attention.

In a recent interview, BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes underlined his exchange’s ability to “onboard a [new] customer within 10 minutes,” by accepting Bitcoin and only Bitcoin for funding. In addition, no KYC/AML checks are required to trade on BitMEX, merely an email address; whereas OKEx offers margin trading only after basic KYC/AML checks. These exchanges are registered in Seychelles and Malta, respectively, specifically to avoid such onerous accounting requirements for their customers.

As CryptoGlobe covered early in 2019, however, BitMEX and other derivative exchanges including OKEx officially exclude certain citizens from trading on their platforms due to regulatory concerns, most notably US citizens.

Hayes also intimated at the upcoming launch of an interest bearing Bitcoin-only bond, which he speculated could be used to leverage credit into future Bitcoin-denominated economic activity.