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What would you do if a measly $100 refund you were supposed to receive from the exchange came back rounded up to roughly $10.5 million? Maybe buy a bloody great big mansion?

That’s precisely what Melbourne woman Thevamanogari Manivel did last year after a particularly pudgy-fingered employee typed an account number into the payments field by accident.

After the screw-up, which happened in May 2021, Manivel and her sister reportedly went on a spending spree, spreading the millions across two separate accounts and placing a $1.35 million, five-bedroom property in Cragieburn at the top of their shopping list.

Maybe they thought it was just another crazy crypto airdrop?

This isn’t exactly fresh news, by the way – in February, for instance, The Australian reported an ongoing legal battle related to it – but it was certainly suddenly doing the rounds on Reddit and Crypto Twitter overnight.

And that’d probably be because, according to a 7news report, it appears the Singaporean crypto company has now won at least part of its case, with a judge in Victoria’s Supreme Court ordering the luxury home be sold and that portion of the money returned.

Manivel has also been told to return the remaining funds or face potential contempt of court charges. Might be easier said than done, that. Wonder if she has any Bored Apes?

The other striking thing about this story is that no-one at actually noticed the stupendously costly error for… SEVEN MONTHS, after an audit took place in December 2021.

Perhaps they were too busy dealing with the social media fallout from their turkey of a US$100 million ad campaign starring Matt “Fortune Favors the Brave” Damon. Or maybe the US$700 million spent rebranding the Staples Center in LA to Arena took their focus away from trivial things like basic accounting skills.

Either way, it’s probably fodder for a network’s filler telly show at some point – maybe Kochie’s Accountancy 101 Nightmares.

Onto some daily price action.


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$1.01 trillion and down about 1.9% since yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Also, data from crypto analytics research firm Santiment has been showing a spike in short positions for both Bitcoin and Ethereum, indicating traders think prices are likely on the edge of going lower in Septembear.

One thing, though, – any large build up of consensus to the bearish or bullish is risky territory for anyone playing that game. Markets have an occasional habit of suddenly trending in the opposite direction in these trader-led conditions. Could this be setting up for a good old short squeeze? Santiment isn’t ruling it out for both ETH and BTC…

And yet…


Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$8  billion to about US$412 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on data.)


• NEAR Protocol (NEAR), (market cap: US$3.28 billion) +7%

FLOW (FLOW), (mc: US$2.1 billion) +6%

Axie Infinity (AXS), (mc: US$1.27 billion) +5%

• Cosmos Hub (ATOM), (mc: US$3.49 billion) +4%

• NEXO (NEXO), (mc: US$571 million) +4%



• Synthetix Network (SNX), (market cap: US$713 million) -11%

• Celsius (CEL), (mc: US$479 million) -12%

• eCash (XEC), (mc: US$868 million) -12%

• Helium (HNT), (mc: US$713 million) -9%

• Chiliz (CHZ), (mc: US$1.06 billion) -7%


Around the blocks

A selection of randomness and pertinence that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse…

Meanwhile, a somewhat amusingly immature tweet regarding Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is flying around Crypto Twitter. Is the protocol’s Merge actually all about moving to a “Proof of Snake” consensus mechanism?