Allegations have been circulating on the web in recent days against the crypto exchange HTX regarding alleged fraud. At present there is no confirmation that this is indeed fraud, but the allegations are more than one.
Decimated’s Accusation Of Crypto Fraud Against The HTX Exchange
The online game Decimated has published a detailed account of what allegedly happened.
We had announced on 31 October 2022 the continued partnership between FractureLabs and Huobi.
Due to revelations that have come to light, FractureLabs has been trying to engage Huobi in respect of the operations of its account and its assets held with Huobi.
As a result of our… pic.twitter.com/5jXJqyZEhK
— DECIMATED – Official (@decimated_game) April 14, 2023
In October last year they announced a partnership between FractureLabs and Huobi.
Now Decimated claims to have had problems withdrawing funds from their account on Huobi, so much so that they were forced to seek the advice of a law firm.
Indeed, they even invite community members to email helpful information about this, particularly regarding any problems with withdrawals on Huobi.
They also cite Huobi’s recent restructuring, changing its name to HTX, and moving its headquarters to the Caribbean.
On Linkedin, Decimed CEO Stephen Arnold revealed that HTX (formerly Huobi Global), acquired by About Capital Management, has blocked about $5.8 million of their funds.
He claims they would be violating a settlement agreement to release their funds, and have not responded to arbitration or attempts by their legal department to contact them about it since January 2023.
He adds that they are also already aware of some similar situations, with funds blocked or in litigation for $200,000, $800,000, $10 million and in one case as much as $24 million.
The Thomson Reuters Indictment
Thomson Reuters senior editor Rachel Wolcott on Linkedin rehashes the allegation.
In fact, she reveals that HTX (also known as Huobi Global) has been removed from the Seychelles business registry at the behest of the local financial regulator.
It also claims that U.S. law enforcement agencies would have a “law enforcement interest” in Justin Sun.
Justin Sun, in fact, is the figurehead of HTX.
Yesterday, for example, he tweeted about a hacking attack on HTX and Heco Cross-Chain Bridge, claiming that HTX will fully compensate for the losses of its hot wallet.
HTX and Heco Cross-Chain Bridge Undergo Hacker Attack. HTX Will Fully Compensate for HTX's hot wallet Losses. Deposits and Withdrawals Temporarily Suspended. All Funds in HTX Are Secure, and the Community Can Rest Assured. We are investigating the specific reasons for the hacker…
— H.E. Justin Sun 孙宇晨 (@justinsuntron) November 22, 2023
Deposits and withdrawals have been temporarily suspended.
Wolcott also claims that the corporate structure and ownership of Huobi/HTX is opaque, although Justin Sun himself is certainly behind it.
Even More Serious Allegations Of Crypto Fraud: Huobi as FTX?
Some allegations that are circulating turn out to be even more serious, although they come from decidedly less reliable sources.
BREAKING: JUSTIN SUN EXIT SCAMS AGAIN.
Two other platforms owned by Justin Sun have just had ANOTHER $100+ million mysteriously drained from them: the HTX (Huobi) exchange and Heco bridge.
Justin Sun is again claiming it is a "hack" – Just like he did last week when his… pic.twitter.com/U1j6YyO7Jy
— WhaleWire (@WhaleWire) November 22, 2023
Indeed, some are speculating that the above hack may not have been a fluke.
The parallel is with FTX, or Mt.Gox, i.e., crypto exchanges that were forced to file for bankruptcy due to no longer having enough funds in the till to meet customer withdrawal requests.
In the case of Mt.Gox the hack was real, and the theft of Bitcoin was the direct cause of the bankruptcy.
In the case of FTX, on the other hand, the cause was a different one, and the theft is suspected that it may not even have been done from the outside.
Some speculate that the case of HTX may resemble that of FTX.
The Operations of HTX
Nevertheless, although deposits and withdrawals have been temporarily suspended on HTX, the crypto exchange’s operations do not appear to have been compromised.
#HTX Trading Contest Launched!
— HTX (@HTX_Global) November 23, 2023
Justin Sun for example bragged today on X that Tether has issued another billion USDT on Tron network.
— H.E. Justin Sun 孙宇晨 (@justinsuntron) November 23, 2023
Tron and HTX are two separate things, but Justin Sun is always somehow behind it.
The Tron network is now the most widely used network to transfer USDT, as transactions are fast and especially cheap, while remaining on-chain.
So in theory the situation to date would still seem relatively quiet, provided HTX rehabilitates withdrawals once the hack is resolved.
The exchange has run into similar problems before, and so far has always come out of them. However, this does not necessarily mean that it will come out in perfect health this time as well.
It should also be added that doubts have long been circulating about Justin Sun’s actions.
So far there is no record that he has ever had any serious problems with the law, but this could also be said for Changpeng CZ Zhao until a few days ago.
It should be noted that Sun in 2021 was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Grenada to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He had reduced his crypto commitments after this appointment, so much so that he resigned as CEO of Tron, but in March this year he stepped down, and returned to focus on the crypto sector.
Grenada is located in the Caribbean, which is where HTX’s registered office was relocated.
A charge by the U.S. SEC of selling unregistered security, specifically Tron’s TRX cryptocurrency and BitTorrent’s BBT token, hangs over his account.
It is therefore possible that the situation is still evolving.