$7M token presale leads to NFT settlement demand served on Influencer

2023-05-21

Summary:

A settlement demand letter, alleging wire fraud “at a minimum,” has been served to an NFT influencer known as ‘Ben.eth’ relating to a $7 million token presale. Lawyer Mike Kanovitz alleges the influencer engaged in a “manipulative launch strategy” in the presale of the $PSYOP token, specifically around how liquidity pools were structured and how tokens were distributed. Ben.eth has acknowledged and promised to send out outstanding tokens, but Kanovitz says legal action could be taken if refunds are not provided. Ben.eth brushed off the letter as “unprofessional”.



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A “manipulative launch strategy” was alleged over how the liquidity pools were structured and how the tokens “trickled out.“

A nonfungible token (NFT) influencer has been served with a settlement demand via NFT – which casually dropped the "F bomb" several times – alleging that the influencer engaged in wire fraud "at a minimum," on a recent $7 million token presale.

Lawyer Mike Kanovitz, a partner at Loevy & Loevy, stated in a tweet on May 20 that a settlement demand letter has been served as an NFT to the wallet address associated with the influencer known as ‘Ben.eth,’ whose real identity remains undisclosed.

He alleged that Ben.eth “used a manipulative launch strategy” for the token '$PSYOP,' which raised $7 million in its inital pre-sale over 72 hours.

The concerns revolved around how the liquidity pools (LP) were structured and the way that the tokens "trickled out" after the presale.

Shortly after the letter was published on Twitter, Ben.eth tweeted that 50% of the tokens have been sent out and “the rest will be sent in short order.”

“At a minimum, you would be guilty of wire fraud, which is a predicate act for racketeering and the basis for a treble damages award against you ($7 million becomes $21 million)” the letter stated.

Kanovitz noted that a “refund is the stand-up thing to do.” However, he warned of potential legal action if refunds weren’t provided:

“So, just send back the ETH. The matter will be over, and you and your victims can all go on with their lives. But if you insist on fucking over thousands of people, my law firm will step up to right that injustice.”

Furthermore, he warned of a potentially “painful” process for Ben.eth if the letter is not complied with.

“The suit will name you personally as well as your alias and will be served at your home” the letter stated.

Kanovitz further threatened a subpoena on the alleged influencers communications which he said, “that evidence will put the final nails in your coffin.”

He further added that he will reveal the in-real-life (IRL) identities of the influencers' co-conspirators.

Kanovitz concluded the letter stating “you are engaging in real fraud, and it is hurting real people. There will be consequences if you don’t make it right.”

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In response to the letter, Ben.eth retweeted the letter several hours later on May 20 stating that the letter is “so unprofessional it could get them in trouble with the bar association.”

Cointelegraph reached out to Ben.eth for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

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Source: cointelegraph.com

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