Coinmint opens Bitcoin Mining Complex in Upstate New York

Crypto mining firm Coinmint declared it is to open a cryptocurrency mining plant in an abandoned smelter previously used by Alcoa in Massena (New York)
08 June 2018   573

Coinmint received the approval in January of this year to found a Bitcoin mining farm in the 1,300-acre facility that was once an aluminum smelting plant in Massena, New York. Alcoa hold the plant before shuttering its operations in 2013. Then Alcoa had been looking for new renters for the facility.  Coinmint secured a 10-year lease agreement with Alcoa, plus an option to renew. As claimed by the company, in the next 18 months it will put up to $700 Million in the project. 

The 1300-acre, 435-megawatt site in Massena, New York, maintains the largest capacity from a digital currency data center in the world. In addition to the $50+ million USD of investment to date, the company will invest up to $700 million USD in its new site, creating an estimated 150 plus jobs over the next 18 months.
Coinmint,
Official Statement

Mining operations are already kept in the facility and will go on under the leading of a new Coinmint subsidiary, the North Country Data Center Corporation. The firm is aimed on investing about $700 million in repurposing the plant into one of the largest Bitcoin mining centers in the world. The 435-Megawatt complex is supposed to be accomplished in the next one year.

The area’s citizens and its hydroelectric power - a green alternative to the less sustainable energies used at other digital asset infrastructure data centers were the catalyst for our move and will be foundational assets for continued expansion. The reduced electricity costs will enable us to compete in the rapidly emerging digital currency global marketplace.
Kyle Carlton,
Spokesman, Coinmint

The BTC price has substantially decreased in 2018. Nevertheless, it seems miners aren’t scared off from continuing to mine this cryptocurrency. Actually, the price of BTC has fallen by more than 30 percent since the end of negotiations between Alcoa and Coinmint.

Crypto Billionaire to Lost 5.5k BTC Due to Fraud

Thai scammers convinced 22 yo Finnish crypto billionaire to invest in their 'investment' scheme
13 August 2018   256

The 22-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire lost more than 5,500 bitcoins after taking part in the investment scheme in Thailand. The case attracted public attention because of the possible participation of a Thai actor. This is reported by Bangkok Post.

A group of scammers in June 2017 persuaded Finnish businessman Aarni Otawa Saarimaa to invest in several Thai securities, a casino in Macau and a crypto currency called Dragon Coin.

Scammers claimed that Dragon Coin could be used in Macau casinos. In addition, they brought Saarimaa to this casino to demonstrate the legitimacy of their project. Saarimaa transferred 5 564 BTC to fraudsters.

In January, without receiving any income for his investments, Saarimaa filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's (CSD), along with his local business partner, who believed that this investment scheme was fraudulent.

CSD began to investigate the case and stated that the group made no investment for Saarimaa, instead transferring all the bitcoins to Thai baht and placing these funds on seven bank accounts.

Although it is not clear when exactly the scammers sold the bitcoins, CSD announced that they raised about 800 million baht or about 24 million dollars.

Then followed a months-long investigation, according to which CSD began to suspect that the Thai film actor Jiratkisit "Boom" Jaravijit also took part in the fraudulent scheme - he was arrested last Wednesday.

In addition, the CSD stated that it suspects the actor's brother, Princess Jaravijit, as the "instigator" of this entire scheme. He left Thailand, traveling to South Korea, and then to the United States. According to the Bangkok Post, CSD is currently working with the US to track him down.