Nevin Shetty, the former chief financial officer of the Fabric e-commerce platform, was federally indicted for wire fraud after allegedly misappropriating $35 million from Fabric to put into his cryptocurrency platform HighTower. Shetty stole the money in April 2022, shortly after being told he would be fired from Fabric for performance reasons.
According to the grand jury indictment, Shetty planned to put the funds into cryptocurrency positions that "could have yielded returns of 20 percent or more annually", and planned to return 6% to Fabric, keeping the difference. This so-called "investment" contradicted the conservative investment strategy that Shetty had helped to draft for Fabric, and he concealed both the existence of the transfer and his involvement with HighTower.
Shetty "lost virtually all of [Fabric's] money" "within a matter of weeks", at which point he fessed up to Fabric. Shetty had placed all of the funds into protocols based around the Terra stablecoin, which collapsed dramatically only a month later.
Shetty has pled not guilty, and has been released on bond.