- BitConnect’s victims are getting $56 million in cryptocurrency from the US Justice Department
- According to the Justice Department, “this liquidation constitutes the largest single recovery from a cryptocurrency fraud in the history of the United States.”
Crypto Recovered And Seized By US Justice Department
Approximately $56 million in Bitcoin has been confiscated by the United States Department of Justice as part of the BitConnect Ponzi scam investigation. The Justice Department informed that it would sell the seized cryptocurrency and keep the proceeds in U.S. dollars, until it could use the money to reimburse BitConnect victims. Suppose a “future restitution order” is issued by the court during BitConnect’s sentence, the compensation paid to BitConnect’s victims will be determined by the amount of payment that the court orders.
In a statement, the Justice Department said that BitConnect was “the biggest cryptocurrency fraud operation ever prosecuted criminally in the United States.” The department also stated that BitConnect was “the largest cryptocurrency fraud operation ever prosecuted criminally in the United States.”
No Clarity In Terms Of How The Sale Would Take Place
For the time being, it is unclear how the sale of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies will be treated by the United States’ authorities or what influence it may have on the prices of key assets like as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) in the future (ETH). According to Cointelegraph Markets Pro statistics, the Bitcoin price is hovering around $60,000 at the time of publication. In contrast, the cost of Ethereum was $4,254 at the time of publication, after a 7 percent drop on Tuesday.
Findings Of Generated Revenue From The Ponzi
For the operators of BitConnect, their illicit unregistered securities sale generated approximately $2 billion in revenue. After pleading guilty to fraud charges in September, former BitConnect director Glenn Arcaro was ordered to reimburse victims $24 million. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against Arcaro and BitConnect founder Satish Kumbhani, whose whereabouts are unknown (SEC). Although the SEC has not reached agreements with any further Ponzi scheme participants, a substantial number of people face prison time or hefty financial penalties for their alleged involvement in scamming investors, according to the agency.
The promoters of BitConnect attracted investors in 2017 by promising them significant returns in exchange for Bitcoin (BTC) as collateral for loans and exchanges, including BitConnect’s native token. However, several investors were unable to recover their cryptocurrency holdings when the lending site was shut down in 2018 as a result of cease and desist orders filed by authorities.