The trial of Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX is getting a lot of attention right now, but there may be yet another cryptocurrency fraud coming to light, albeit a smaller one. Xerberus, which calls itself a “risk rating protocol,” has uncovered what it claims is shady activity by the executives of Ardana Labs. Tom Blackstone reports in Cointelegraph:
In 2021, Ardana Labs claimed it would provide an innovative stablecoin platform for the Cardano network. The new project, called “Ardana,” would allow investors to lock up crypto collateral and mint fiat-pegged stablecoins, including a U.S. dollar-based token called dUSD. It raised $10 million from investors that year, but it suddenly closed up shop in November 2022, citing “funding and project timeline uncertainty.”
Some investors blamed the loss on the “crypto winter” of 2022, during which many legitimate projects went bust from lack of funding in the extended bear market. However, new evidence from Web3 risk-management platform Xerberus suggests there may be more to the Ardana story than just fundraising issues.
According to Xerberus, Ardana executives likely transferred 80% of the project’s funds to a personal wallet after first attempting to obscure the transactions by sending some through centralized exchanges. The transfers were allegedly conducted by CEO Ryan Motovu or some other C-level team member. Once the funds were in this wallet, the executives made a series of bad crypto investments, Xerberus alleges. These investments resulted in a loss of approximately $4 million, shortening the runway for the project and ultimately leading to its collapse.
1) Ardana raised up to 9.08 Million Dollars on Ethereum from at least 75 different investors. pic.twitter.com/estNiM8tS0
— Xerberus (@Xerberus_io) September 6, 2023
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