愛沙尼亞二人被指控實施5.75億美元的加密貨幣騙局

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愛沙尼亞二人被指控實施5.75億美元的加密貨幣騙局

愛沙尼亞警方與聯邦調查局一起調查了此案,美國當局希望引渡這對夫婦--愛沙尼亞人謝爾蓋-波塔彭科和伊萬-圖羅金。

美國司法部(DoJ)的一份聲明稱,這兩人被指控犯有電信欺詐和共謀洗錢罪--這些罪行可被判處最高20年的監禁。

聲明說,被告已經在愛沙尼亞首都塔林出庭,並被關押起來等待引渡到美國。

司法部提供了被指控的計劃的細節,稱兩人通過向受害者提供購買HashFlare的加密貨幣挖礦業務的機會進行詐騙。

據說世界各地的客戶從2015年到2019年購買了價值超過5億美元的HashFlare合同。但據稱該業務誇大了自己的能力。

司法部稱,如果受害者投資於Polybius,他們還被承諾會得到紅利,Potapenko先生和Turogin先生說他們建立了一個虛擬銀行。

據稱,被告人通過這種方式籌集了2500萬美元--但從未成立過銀行。

愛沙尼亞ERR新聞社周一援引他的話說,這是 "我們在愛沙尼亞遇到的最大的欺詐案件之一"。

在世界第二大加密貨幣交易所FTX倒閉後,該案件發生在加密貨幣市場緊張程度加劇的時候。


Estonian police investigated the case with the FBI, and US authorities want to extradite the pair - Estonians Sergei Potapenko and Ivan Turogin.

A statement from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) says the pair are accused of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering - crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The defendants have appeared in court in the Estonian capital Tallinn and are being held pending extradition to the US, the statement says.

Giving details of the alleged scheme, the DoJ says the two defrauded victims by offering them the chance to buy into HashFlare's cryptocurrency mining operations.

Customers around the world are said to have purchased more than half a billion dollars' worth of HashFlare contracts from 2015 to 2019. But the operation allegedly overstated its capabilities.

The DoJ alleges that victims were also promised dividends if they invested in Polybius, a virtual bank Mr Potapenko and Mr Turogin said they had set up.

The defendants are said to have raised $25m this way - but no bank was ever formed.

It was "one of the largest fraud cases we've ever had in Estonia", he said on Monday, quoted by Estonia's ERR news agency.

The case comes at a time of heightened nervousness in the cryptocurrency market, following the collapse of the world's second-largest crypto exchange, FTX.

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