Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX has been actively shuffling its digital assets. Blockchain data revealed on Thursday afternoon that FTX moved another considerable batch of crypto assets, including Chainlink‘s LINK and Polygon’s MATIC.
This transaction came before Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial today. Lookonchain, a blockchain analytics tool, detected deposits of around $2.6 million in LINK and $1.3 million in Adventure Gold (AGLD) to Coinbase from FTX-associated wallets.
Additionally, Arkham Intelligence, another blockchain analytics platform, revealed that $4.8 million in MATIC was transferred from an FTX wallet to an intermediary address, which then channeled $1.8 million of it to Coinbase.
Timing raises eyebrows ahead of legal proceedings
Earlier today, nearly $19 million in digital assets like Solana (SOL) and Ether (ETH) were transferred from FTX’s cold wallets to various exchanges. Such activity might indicate a potential intention to liquidate these assets. FTX was previously granted permission by a U.S. bankruptcy court to sell, stake, and hedge its roughly $3.4 billion digital asset stash. Consequently, this allowed Galaxy Digital to manage the token holdings for FTX.
Significantly, these financial moves by FTX come right before Sam Bankman-Fried is due to testify at his criminal trial. While the transactions are within the boundaries of the court’s directive, the timing could be viewed as strategic. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to remember that FTX is adhering to the court-sanctioned plan to manage its assets, as laid out by the U.S. bankruptcy court.
However, the specifics regarding why these particular tokens were moved remain unclear.