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Celsius Network to Unstake All Ethereum Holdings to Pay Back Creditors

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Updated by Ciaran Lyons
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In Brief

  • Celsius Network intends to unstake its Ethereum holdings, informing 243,000 followers as part of asset preparation.
  • Unstaking aims to unlock ETH for timely creditor distributions amid Celsius Network's restructuring.
  • Mixed reactions arise as Celsius plans to unstake $227.03 million ETH, with users expressing market concerns.
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The now-defunct cryptocurrency lending platform Celsius Network declares to its 243,000 social media followers that as part of preparing for the asset preparation process, it will unstake its Ethereum holdings.

“The significant unstaking activity in the next few days will unlock ETH to ensure timely distributions to creditors,” a post stated.

Ethereum Staking Assisted Celsius Restructuring

In a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter), Celsius declares its intention to unstake all Ethereum holdings, hinting that the rewards from the substantial staked amount, totaling $227.03 million, have aided the estate in covering legal fees during the bankruptcy process.

“Celsius will unstake existing ETH holdings, which have provided valuable staking rewards income to the estate, to offset certain costs incurred throughout the restructuring process.”

However, the response has been mixed from the crypto community online. One X (formerly Twitter) user who goes by the name APE responded that it is an “awful lot of bags to nuke.” Furthermore, he shared a screenshot showing the approximate $227.03 million worth of ETH in the Celsius wallet.

At the time of publication, Ethereum’s price stands at $2,287.

Ethereum Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto
Ethereum Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto

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Celsius In the Spotlight Since July 2022

On September 6, BeInCrypto reported that a judge ordered several bank accounts and a residential property belonging to former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky to be frozen.

The asset freeze comes as Mashinsky faces criminal charges for allegedly defrauding Celsius investors. In July, law enforcement arrested him on various charges, including securities fraud, yet he asserts his innocence.

The asset freeze blocks Mashinsky from accessing savings. Furthermore, real estate at a time when he desperately needed liquidity to pay for his legal defense.

The former Celsius chief won release on a $40 million bond following his July 13 arrest. Mashinsky pleaded not guilty to multibillion-dollar fraud and market manipulation schemes the following day.

Prosecutors allege that Mashinsky portrayed Celsius as a bank where investors could safely deposit crypto and earn interest. However, he allegedly operated a risky investment fund while lying about its financial position.

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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in real-world scenarios. He has also appeared across major television networks in Australia including Channel Ten, Channel Nine and SBS TV. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, Ciaran worked as a presenter on national radio station Triple J.