Matt Damon-Led Crypto Firm Accidentally Transferred $10.5 Million to Woman Instead of $100 Refund
Crypto.com mistakenly transferred $10.5 million to a woman instead of $100 and only discovered the error 7 months later. Now, perhaps unsurprisingly, the money is proving difficult to recover.
In December 2021, the cryptocurrency exchange platform – who employed the Hollywood megastar Matt Damon to headline their recent Super Bowl ad – discovered millions of dollars went to an Australian woman named Thevamanogari Manivel in Melbourne after she asked for a small refund in May this year.
However, the administrative officials accidentally entered his account number in the payment field rather than the refund amount.
Crypto.com, which operates as Foris GFS in Australia, filed a lawsuit this year and won a freeze on Manivel’s account.
However, most of the money had already been transferred to other accounts or spent.
A court heard that $1.35 million silver had moved into a four-bedroom property in Cragieburn, Melbourne and ownership of that property had passed to the woman’s sister, Thilagavathy Gagadory, who lives in Malaysia.
Courts forced to give default judgment
Attempts to freeze the accounts in question failed, while attempts to get in touch with Manivel by Crypto.com lawyers also failed.
An email to Manivel’s lawyers was simply answered with a “Received, thank you”, and they claim she is seeking legal advice.
With no clear answer, the Supreme Court of Victoria issued a default judgment in favor of Crypto.com that they could force the sale of the property as soon as possible.
Manivel now also owes interest of $27,369.64.
Crypto.com declined to comment while the case is still in court.
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