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.

QuadrigaCX Co-Founder Traded Away Users’ Funds as Sole Operational Director: Report

  • More than $220 million worth of users' funds absconded-with by QuadrigaCX co-founder
  • Stollen funds used for trading on "competitor exchanges" - for a loss

Reportedly deceased QuadrigaCX co-founder Gerald Cotton withdrew customers' funds to trade on both spot and leveraged margin exchanges, incurring significant losses in the process, alleges the latest public report on court proceedings surrounding the incident.

The report, the fifth commissioned to the global accountancy firm Ernst and Young (EY) by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, found that a vast sum of cryptoassets were transferred from QuadrigaCX exchange wallets to wallets operated by “competitor” exchanges and controlled Cotton, between the period 2016-19. The vast majority of the transfers occurred under Cotton’s alias “Chris Markay.”

Specifically, 9,450 bitcoin, 387,738 ether and 239,020 Litecoin were said to be transferred from QuadrigaCX in this way, and the questionable transfers resulted in “overall trading losses” trading on both spot and margin exchanges.

An additional sum of 21,501 bitcoin was also transferred to an exchange wallet controlled by Cotton, although it is unknown precisely how much of this sum originated from QuadrigaCX wallets. The proportion is unknown because the wallet is held in an offshore location not obliged to comply with EY’s requests for full accounting details. EY added however, that this information has been given to law enforcement of the unspecified jurisdiction.

 

 

EY also claim that Cotton traded on QuadrigaCX itself, using what were likely false deposits of fiat currency to buy cryptocurrency on the platform and counter-trade customers. About 300,000 trades were made from these “unsupported deposits,” which helped beef up QuadrigaCX’s trading volume and trading revenues.

The EY report outlines some generally poor practices that seem to have enabled the scandal, includin poor Know-Your-Customer (KYC) standards enforced on the exchange, which enable the easy exploitation of the platform; no separation between users’ wallets and the exchange’s wallets; and a “significantly flawed” financial reporting and operational control operating infrastructure, which EY claim were largely directed by Cotton alone and in which “typical segregation of duties and basic internal controls did not appear to exist.”

An Unpaid Bill

The QuadrigaCX story has been so big as to make it to non-crypto media in Canada. It has recently been reported by the CBC that Cotton’s alleged exploits have left former customers in the lurch, to as much as $250 million (Canadian) of unreturned funds.

EY claim that roughly 76,000 users’ funds are stuck in limbo as, in effect, unpaid IOUs, and confirm a figure of $214.6 million CAD remains unpaid.