OKX seizes 2M USDT linked to market manipulation By Cointelegraph

According to a press release published by cryptocurrency exchange OKX on Feb. 28, the firm said that it seized 2,014,381 (USDT) from five accounts suspected of partaking in “malicious market manipulation,” of the Celestial (CELT) token. As told by OKX, on Feb. 26, Celestial developers announced the creation of a new blockchain game. Shortly afterwards, the Celestial developers allegedly launched a social media campaign promoting the new game using OKX’s branding, which the firm says was unauthorized. As a partial result of the activities, the CELT token nearly doubled in value within two days’ time before falling over 50% in the past 24 hours to $0.002129 at the time of publication.

In response to user allegations of insider trading, OKX explained that the exchange, through its subsidiary OKX Ventures, invested $100,000 into the Celestial GameFi project in Sept. 2021. However, the exchange stated that the CELT tokens it received were deposited into OKX Ventures’ accounts “without any transactions,” and “no evidence” of insider trading involving OKX staff was found as per its investigation.

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