Stablegains allegedly invested investor funds in Anchor Protocol without informing them and lost roughly $42 million when Terra LUNA collapsed along with its UST stablecoin.
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Yield app Stablegains faces allegations of misusing clients’ money — and possibly a lawsuit — after losing more than $42 million, which it had invested in UST via Anchor protocol without informing clients.
According to allegations posted on social media, the company promised clients a 15% gain on their USDC and fiat USD deposits. However, it took the money and put it into UST in Anchor for a 20% yield and skimmed the profits above 15%. Clients were unaware of this until the firm incurred millions in losses when UST depegged from the dollar and crashed to less than 1 cent.
Yikes. @stablegains took USDC and USD via wire from customers promising them 15%, put it all into Anchor without telling them, and skimmed 4% off the top. They have now changed the denominations in their app from USD to UST and are nuking the landing page & old terms. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/D6sVOI2bRG
— FatMan (@FatManTerra) May 19, 2022
The news first surfaced online when one investor shared a letter sent to Stablegains by law firm Erickson Kramer Osborne. The letter stipulated that the company should preserve and maintain all communications and records in case of potential litigation.
Stablegains denies culpability
Stablegains has publicly denied the allegations and said it has always been transparent about its yield coming from UST and Anchor.
We know the current situation is painful for everyone. The UST depeg has led to losses for our users and many others in the industry. Also for us. We’d like to provide a clear comment about our use of Anchor/UST and the risks. Please read on:
— Stablegains (YC W22) (@stablegains) May 19, 2022
Stablegains also said:
However, further allegations on social media claim that the company has started editing and updating its terms of services to avoid liability. It has also changed the USD denomination on its page to UST.
Investors claim the company has not been transparent and has started to change the information on various pages of its website since the UST crash.
@stablegains VERY clever that you guys started pointing the last words on you last pages of the risk and not accepting that they were not highlighted where people really read something. Now you started changing in all places. EXPLAIN these changes. pic.twitter.com/gX6KDvoBOI
— Pradeep Mahalingam (@pradeeptm_94) May 19, 2022
Trying to dodge liability?
Stablegains is also asking investors who want to withdraw their deposits to sign a waiver that it is not liable for any losses incurred due to exchanging UST for USDC and fiat.
Investors are being forced to withdraw as they will not be eligible to receive an airdrop of the forked Terra LUNA token if they hold their UST in Stablegains.
@stablegains is keeping the post de-peg UST airdrop for themselves and anyone who tries to withdraw to get the airdrop is forced to sign a waiver saying they’re not liable for any losses.
— Placid (@Placidlol) May 19, 2022
“Under no circumstances shall Stablegains be liable for losses due to the exchange rate of UST to USDC at the time of processing your USDC withdrawal request.”
Other companies affected by the collapse of Terra LUNA
The Stablegains fiasco represents a continuity of the fallout from the UST collapse. Several retail investors lost billions of dollars due to the collapse. Binance also recorded a loss after the $1.6 billion LUNA tokens dropped to less than $3,000.
One of the biggest losers is Hashed Ventures. The venture capital firm based in Seoul appeared to have lost $3.5 billion after LUNA crashed due to staking about 50 million LUNA tokens.
Delphi Digital has also admitted its loss due to the Terra crash. The research firm and investor stated that it had misgivings about LUNA and UST but thought the Bitcoin reserves would prevent its crash.