A commissioner for the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has slammed Voyager Digital for its mistakes that eventually led to the loss of billions of dollars of customer funds.
— CFTC (@CFTC) October 12, 2023
In an Oct. 12 statement, Commissioner Kristin Johnson took aim at Voyager for misleading practices, ignoring warning signs, and “bare-bones due diligence,” which failed to protect customers.
“Because of Voyager’s failures, the company became no better than a house of cards.”
The commodities said Voyager turned a blind eye to what its subsidiary investment firms were doing with its own customer funds:
“It is astounding that Voyager failed to exert pressure on the firms where it invested its customers’ assets.”
“Instead of demanding that investment firms that received customer assets offer greater levels of transparency, Voyager shirked the long-established expectations for custodians and simply dispatched customer funds with little effort to preserve the same,” she added.
Johnson’s comments came after the regulator, along with the Federal Trade Commission, filed parallel lawsuits against Voyager’s former CEO Stephen Ehrlich on Oct. 12.
The CFTC lawsuit alleges Ehrlich and Voyager conducted fraud and “registration failures” over its platform and its “unregistered commodity pool”.
It has been frustrating watching lots of obvious malfeasance happening in crypto land and enforcement actions only target low-rent relatively tiny scam operations while the industry was building industrial scale predation machines.
This is not that pattern!
— Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) October 12, 2023
The FTC, on the other hand, reached a proposed settlement with Voyager, banning the firm from offering, marketing, or promoting any product or service that could be used to deposit, exchange, invest, or withdraw any assets, according to an Oct. 12 statement.
Voyager and its affiliates agreed to a judgment of $1.65 billion, which will go toward repaying customers in the bankruptcy proceedings.
Meanwhile, a separate Oct. 12 statement from CFTC Commissioner Caroline Pham said the regulator will continue to pursue action against cryptocurrency firms that misuse customer funds:
“There is a significant difference between managing investor money for the purpose of trading derivatives, and taking deposits and…