Elon Musk is being sued for $258 billion by a Dogecoin investor.
Keith Johnson, a dogecoin investor who claims he lost money after investing in the cryptocurrency, identified himself as a “American citizen who was cheated” by a “Dogecoin Crypto Pyramid Scheme.”
Dogecoin investor file case against Elon Musk
An investor in dogecoin, which began as a joke but grew in value as it was championed by Elon Musk, filed a $258 billion lawsuit against the billionaire and his firms Tesla and SpaceX on Thursday.
Keith Johnson, who claims to have lost money after investing in dogecoin, characterized himself as a “American citizen” who had been “defrauded” by a “Dogecoin Crypto Pyramid Scheme.”
He is requesting that his application, which was filed in a New York court, be classed as a class action complaint on behalf of anyone who have lost money investing in dogecoin since the beginning of 2019.
According to Johnson, investors have lost about $86 billion since Musk began promoting the virtual currency. He wants Musk to refund investors for this amount, plus an additional $172 billion in damages.
Dogecoin was created in 2013 as a satirical response to two major online phenomena: cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and a meme image of a Shiba Inu dog, according to its developers.
For the majority of its existence, the price of dogecoin was merely fractions of a cent.
However, it enjoyed a significant increase in value at the start of 2021, climbing to $0.73 in May of that year amid a purchasing frenzy sparked by the GameStop scandal and Musk’s amusing tweets about it.
It was, however, only worth less than six cents on Thursday.
Musk’s promotion, according to Johnson, raised “the price, market cap, and trading volume of Dogecoin.”
Musk, the world’s richest man, has more than 98 million Twitter followers, and one of his tweets promised that SpaceX would “place a literal Dogecoin on the literal moon.”
Because it takes dogecoin as payment for certain derivative items, Johnson identified Musk’s Tesla electric automaker in the action. SpaceX was also featured since one of its satellites was named after the cryptocurrency dogecoin.
Because dogecoin has no intrinsic value and is not a product, Johnson compared it to a pyramid scam. It’s also not backed by anything actual, and the quantity of “coins” is limitless.
In the United States, lawsuits by investors who believe they have been duped by the promises of virtual money are on the rise.
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