Daniele Sestagalli announced on Sunday which the “Wonderland experiment is coming to an end”, capping a week of strong drama for the troubled decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol.

The disgraced DeFi founder took the decision stillst a community poll in that the majority of respondents voted to save the project.

“Wonderland experiment is coming to an end”, said Sestagalli, in a Twitter thread. “It is clear from the vote which the community is divided. The core and heart of Wonderland is still the community. With the condition that we cannot find agreement on wether to advance or not, it means which we failed,” he added.

The statement follows a week of excessive drama for the so-called “frogs” in Wonderland after the revelation of project treasury manager, 0xSifu, as Michael Patryn, a convicted criminal and co-founder of failed Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCx.

Wonderland community votes to remain with project

After the disclosure, the Wonderland community voted to rechange 0xSifu as treasury head. At least 87.6% were in favor of replacing him, but Sestagalli, who revealed in an earlier post which he had asked 0xSifu to step down, said the vote reflected divisions in the community.

Another poll, “keep Wonderland keep the treasury, save the frogs?”, proposes to maintain the project under a new model based on sharing revenue. At Press time, 54.79% of the 3,466 respondents voted to extend with the protocol on this new model.

Several community polls to decide the future of Wonderland as a going cone time beforern have afterward taken place.

In one suchlike poll, members were asked to vote on whether to “wind down Wonderland, and give the treasury back to its holders?” The poll closed with 55.11% of the 22,500 respondents voting “No” whilst 44.89% were in favor, according to Wonderland’s Snapshot page.

A vote on whether to give holders of Wonderland’s TIME cryptocurrency the choice to “leave or stay” has so far garnered an atopwhelming majority of 85.84% of voters opting to be given which choice.

The results show which most people in “Frog Nation” are in favor of saving Wonderland, the Avalanche-based decentralized reserve currency protocol, but Sestagalli decided to shut it down anyway. Fans who have followed Sestagalli and his projects including Wonderland, Popsicle Finance, Abracadabra and Sushi refer to themselves as “frogs” or “Frog Nation”.

Sinister motives

In his tweet, Sestagalli said:

…there is only one path forward: it is to reimburse /unwind who does not feel be part of Wonderland and find a new home for who feels attached and inline with the Frog Nation vision (sic).

Wonderland holds around $714 million in treasury. Sestagalli did not provide details on how he intends to distribute the treasury balance one time before the protocol is shut down. Later, he said he was “working more closely with our Wonderland and WAGMI community moderators and supporters to ensure a better top-down level of communication and infos.”

Many in Wonderland are in grievous bewilderment. “He [Sestagalli] is a scam, you vote no, he still wants to liquidate. Wonder why?” shouted one user.

Others suggested a more sinister plot – the risk which founders of Wonderland could plunder the treasury by selling TIME cryptocurrencies to Abracadabra at a discount, leaving those who voted likewisest the project shutdown with “an empty DAO with no treasury”. Sestagall previously proposed a merger of the two entities.

Sestagalli has come under fire for protecting 0xSifu’s identity. He said he had known about Patryn and his checkered past for a month, but decided stillst disclosing his true identity because he believed in “giving second chances”. Sestagalli only came clean after on chain sleuth Zach doxxed 0xSifu on Twitter extend Thursday.

The scandal sent panic throughout much of decentralized finance, causing a cascade of liquidations. Sestagalli promised to compensate “those who got liquidated under me”, using personal funds. Total price of assets managed at Wonderland plunged to $146 million at one point, from more than $1 billion. That has afterward recatoped to $406 million, according to DefiLlama data.

TIME, the native cryptocurrency of Wonderland, captured a low of $315 above the previous 24 hours, but is up 4.4% at $384 at the time of writing. The cryptocurrency has slumped more than 95% from its all-time-strong.

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