A pseudonymous Twitter account creating a series of accusations against Nexo has instigated the crypto lender to issue a cease-and-desist notice.
Nexo, the Cryptocurrency lending platform has hit back at what it called “fake news” and rumors that its founders were part of a charity misappropriation scandal, saying the claims are untrue and offensive. It has issued a public cease and desist notice to the creator of the allegations.
In a blog post about the issue, Nexo stated:
“Several anonymous Twitter accounts are using lies and distortion in yet another smear campaign against Nexo and profiting from short positions in a distressed market.”
Otteroooo, the pseudomonas Twitter account that calls itself “Otter,” tweeted a series on June 25, demanding that Nexo’s co-founders stole funds from the Bulgarian charity HelpKarma to buy real estate and fund “lavish personal travel”.
The thread garnered a large audience on Twitter, with Otter sharing a screenshot that it had received over 9 million impressions, instigating Nexo to reply to what they say are “ludicrous allegations” and issue the cease-and-desist notice.
The central allegation Otter makes is that the founder of HelpKarma and co-founder of Nexo “Konsta Kanchev” used funds from donations to help build a palace instead of using the money for children’s medical treatments.
In a reply by Nexo it points out that a “Konsta Kanchev” doesn’t exist and Otter intentionally made the name “to mimic a typo as an excuse to fact-checkers” by puzzling two separate people, HelpKarma founder Constantine Krastev and Nexo co-founder Kosta Kantchev, as the same person.
Speaking to Cointelegraph regarding commingling the two, Otter shared a delisted article from the Bulgarian outlet Fakti saying the two are cousins and that Constantine in Bulgarian is meant “Konstantin” but has since not provided further explanation.
Another major allegation Otter makes is that as HelpKarma’s donations increased, the payday loans company Credissimo started to report considerable increases in its capital, citing a November 2020 report by Fakti, implying that the donations were used to fund Credissimo.
On how this humiliation links to Nexo, Otter points out that Nexo’s white paper says it’s “powered by Credissimo.” Credissimo was founded by Kantchev, and Nexo co-founders Georgi Shulev and Antoni Trenchev were the companies’ business development and innovation officers, correspondingly.
In reply to the claims, Nexo said that it and HelpKarma “have not and never had any common operations, common beneficial owners or common management,” adding:
“‘Why would a company with hundreds of millions in revenues and billions of assets under management, vetted by Fidelity, Mastercard and dozens of regulators ever have to resort to petty theft, let alone from children with medical needs?’ is the logical yet neglected question.”
Though asking Nexo for comment on the allegations and have yet to receive a response.
The main motive Nexo states as for why Otter posted the allegations is simple so that Otter can gain a large following and sell the account.
Nexo shared images of an individual who attempted to purchase Otter’s account, to which Otter replies they want a minimum of $50,000 USD Coin for it.
In a Twitter post by Otter on June 26, they claim they alleged the messages to be a “set up” to buy the account so that Nexo could calm them. They instead “hatched a troll plan” to sell the Otter account to gather Nexo’s “silence money” and make another account to “continue exposing them.”
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