- New York Attorney General sued Gemini, Genesis, and Digital Currency Group for allegedly defrauding over 230,000 investors out of $1 billion through the Gemini Earn program.
- Gemini partnered with Genesis to offer Gemini Earn, allowing customers to earn interest by lending crypto, but allegedly misled investors about the risks.
- Lawsuit alleges the companies failed to disclose concentration risk from loans to Alameda Research and conflicts of interest while using funds to prop up Alameda.
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Thursday against three major crypto companies – Gemini Trust Company, Genesis, and Digital Currency Group – alleging they defrauded more than 230,000 investors out of over $1 billion.
Background on the Companies Involved
Gemini is a crypto exchange that operated an investment program called Gemini Earn with Genesis, a crypto lender owned by Digital Currency Group. Gemini Earn allowed customers to earn interest on their crypto by lending it out through Genesis.
Details of the Alleged Fraud
The lawsuit alleges that Gemini lied to Earn investors about the program’s risks despite knowing that Genesis loans were undercollateralized and heavily concentrated.
When FTX collapsed, Genesis was unable to repay all the funds lent out through Earn, leaving hundreds of thousands of customers unable to access their crypto holdings.
The attorney general accused the companies of misrepresenting the safety of the Earn program and failing to disclose the concentration risk and conflicts of interest.
By allegedly misleading investors about the risks, the companies were able to continue attracting new investment and using the funds to prop up Alameda Research.