Sydney: Due to an unfortunate typo, cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com mistakenly issued a customer AUD 10.5 million (roughly $7.2 million) rather than the expected AUD 100 (roughly $68), media reports say.
Seven months later, the exchange finally discovered the error, but till then some of the money had already gone, The Verge reported citing the Australian news outlet 7News as saying.
The initial transfer occurred in May 2021.
However, the exchange only realised the mistake when conducting an audit in December that year, the report said.
Thevamanogari Manivel, the customer in question, reportedly transferred the money to a joint account and spent AUD 1.3 million (roughly $890,526) on a lavish, five-bedroom mansion for her sister instead of reporting the inaccurate return to the exchange.
Now the company’s fighting to get its cash back with a lawsuit filed in the Victoria Supreme Court.
The court has also ordered Manivel to sell the home and return the money (with interest) to the exchange.
The case will resume in court this October.
Earlier this month, Crypto.com laid off more employees in the second round and this time, the firing of employees is worse than the previous job cut, as the global crypto meltdown gets deeper.
According to a Decrypt report, citing sources, the latest round of job cuts has not been announced publicly.
During the call, “leadership expressed they had no intention of going public. Top management is unlikely to make an announcement as, after the June layoffs, they claimed that everyone’s job was safe, and that no more layoffs will happen,” the report said, citing sources.
According to the report, the Singapore-based company this time fired people “from critical products like exchange, app, and wallet.”
“The company is hiding the fact that they’ve laid off more than 1,000 employees even though they officially announced laying off 260,” a Crypto.com employee had said on LinkedIn.
“They’ve removed the company directory so we can’t see the numbers go down. It’s not good for morale to see that 1/3 of the invitation list on your next meeting is disabled accounts,” the employee had mentioned.
In June, Crypto.com announced it was laying off around 260 employees, or nearly 5 percent of its workforce.
Its CEO Kris Marszalek said the company’s approach is to stay focused on executing against its roadmap and optimising for profitability.
(With inputs from IANS)
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