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Former CEO of Celsius, Alex Mashinsky, has been apprehended on charges of federal securities fraud, In a significant development, Celsius Network Ltd., the crypto company led by Mashinsky, has agreed to a substantial $4.7 billion settlement with government regulators.

The charges against Mashinsky encompass engaging in fraudulent activities to deceive investors, manipulating securities, and committing fraud. If found guilty, both Mashinsky and a co-defendant could potentially face lengthy prison sentences. The arrest arises from an investigation that has uncovered repeated deceitful actions by Celsius and Mashinsky, as disclosed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Additionally, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Mashinsky of misleading investors and manipulating the price of Celsius’ exchange token.

However, Mashinsky has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him. As part of the settlement, the $4.7 billion will be paid by Celsius Network Ltd. once customer assets are returned in the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. This high-profile case has cast a spotlight on contentious issues surrounding the definition of securities and the SEC’s oversight of crypto markets.

Alex Mashinsky’s arrest follows a series of regulatory measures taken against cryptocurrency executives in response to market crashes and mounting concerns about industry practices. Previously touted as a secure investment option with high returns, Celsius Network filed for bankruptcy, leaving users with frozen assets. The SEC’s investigation has uncovered risky practices and the use of unregistered tokens by Celsius.

The $4.7 billion settlement, agreed upon by Celsius Network and the FTC, aims to provide compensation to affected customers. Nevertheless, Mashinsky refutes the allegations and is expected to be released on bail pending further legal proceedings.

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