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Gemini legal team accuses DCG of ‘gaslighting’ Genesis creditors

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Lawyers representing Gemini Trust have pushed back against a plan proposed by Digital Currency Group (DCG) for creditors of Genesis Global.

In a Sept. 15 filing in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, the legal team accused DCG of gaslighting Genesis creditors through “contrived, misleading, and inaccurate assertions” in the recovery plan. The plan, filed in bankruptcy court on Sept. 13, claimed that unsecured creditors could have a “70–90% recovery with a meaningful portion of the recovery in digital currencies” while Gemini Earn users could expect an “approximately 95–110%” recovery for their claims.

According to the legal team, DCG was attempting to “bait the Gemini Lenders into accepting a deal” that would allow the company to pay less than it allegedly owed. Lawyers called on the firm to “significantly improve the terms of the loans” provided to Genesis and not use Genesis’ bankruptcy proceedings as cover for justifications in the recovery plan.

“To distract the Genesis creditors from the inconvenient facts of its facially inadequate and inequitable proposal, DCG touts proposed recovery rates that are a total mirage — misleading at best and deceptive at worst,” said the Sept. 15 filing. “Make no mistake: Gemini Lenders will not actually receive anything close in real value terms to the proposed recovery rates under the current ‘agreement in principle.’”

Sept. 15 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Source: CourtListener

The legal battle involved entanglements with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini and DCG over the Gemini Earn program, financed in part by Genesis. Genesis halted withdrawals in November 2022 in the wake of FTX’s collapse, citing “unprecedented market turmoil” at the time, and filed for bankruptcy in January 2023.

Related: DCG reaches ‘agreement in principle’ with Genesis creditors, debtors

According to court filings by Gemini, Genesis owed more than $3.5 billion to its top 50 creditors at the time of its Chapter 11 filing. The crypto exchange filed a claim in May aimed at recovering more than $1.1 billion in assets for roughly 232,000 Earn users and filed a lawsuit against DCG and CEO Barry Silbert in June, alleging fraud.

“Barry was not only the architect and mastermind of the DCG and Genesis fraud against creditors, he was directly and personally involved in perpetrating it,” said Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss in June.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit against Gemini and Genesis in January for allegedly selling unregistered securities through the Earn program. The two firms filed a motion to dismiss the case in May, but it was still ongoing at the time of publication.

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