Did Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky Get Caught Trying To Flee The Country?

June 27, 2022 8:42 pm

An interesting story is developing about Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky.

Reports are coming out that he attempted to flee the country but was apprehended at the airport.

NOTE: We cannot verify those reports at this time, and accordingly we are not reporting it as fact, but here’s what we know so far…

First, he’s gone radio-silent: Mashinsky has not tweeted since June 15 after Celsius froze all withdrawals.

This was his last communication:

ProCoinNews was on the Celsius story the day before the news of the funds freeze broke.

This is what we Tweeted on June 11:

After we personally were unable to login, we started asking questions.

Because that’s what journalists do.

Mashinsky himself responded to that Tweet saying “don’t create FUD”:

He responded again later that day saying all services were back up and it was “probably just an attack by the same people shorting CEL”:

This was one day before Celsius froze all funds.

FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) can exist and still be true…FYI.

I know many people have experienced Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt after their Celsius funds were frozen but it doesn’t make the story untrue that the funds are frozen.

Now reports are circulating that Mashinsky attempted to leave the country and was detained.

The first report appears to have come from @MikeAlfred:

Others have also posted:

Blockchain.news reported the following:

Crypto lender platform Celsius Network CEO Alex Mashinsky was reportedly stopped by authorities from leaving the U.S., amid insolvency rumours about his company.

Mashinsky’s failed exodus was first disclosed by crypto analyst Mike Alfred on his Twitter account on Sunday local time. He tweeted saying Mashinsky was trying “to leave the country this (last) week via Morristown Airport (in New Jersey) but was stopped by authorities.”

According to Coingape, citing Alfred’s prediction, the Ukraine-born CEO was trying to flee to Israel.

Alfred’s tweet also added that Mahinsky current whereabouts are unclear. Details about whether he is under custody are yet to be revealed.

The cryptocurrency loan company allows users to deposit cryptocurrency digital assets into a Celsius wallet to earn a percentage yield or take out loans by placing their cryptocurrencies as security.

Currently, the crypto market is under high volatility since the US FED’s increase in interest rates in early May 2022.

Rumours about insolvency have been floating around since Celsius decided to freeze withdrawals, swaps or transfers among all accounts in June, citing extreme market conditions. The company has repeatedly claimed that it would take time to resume its operation.

However, the company has started repaying clients to regain liquidity and re-open withdrawals. Recently, Celsius repaid interest-yielding DeFi service Compound Finance with $10 million worth of the DAI stablecoin, according to a report from Crypto Briefing.

We repeat that we have not been able to independently verify the story and it may be inaccurate.

This story continues to develop.

Meanwhile, @Zach_HODL_ON who describes himself as a “100% pure Celsian HODLer” has posted the following, claiming the reports are inaccurate:

As with our original reporting on June 11 asking if Celsius was in trouble, time will tell on this one.

Stay tuned, this is a developing story.

We’ll continue to report when we have more.

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