Over $8.5 Million in Bitcoin seized by Police of Israel

Large measures of anti-money laundering action has been taken by the cyber department of the State Attorney’s Office
27 May 2018   371

The organization filed an indictment, stating that Hilmi Git had managed to commit more than 20,000 swindling transactions with Israeli credit cards, laundering the money via the Bitcoin network. Halmi Git, a resident of Hebron, has been charged of multiple scams with credit cards, providing means for committing a crime, carrying out fraudulent trade activity, and laundering the proceeds through Bitcoin. 

According to the report, the Git managed to pile up a total of 1,071 Bitcoin over the course of his crimes. At that time of press, Bitcoin is trading at $7,342.21, making the total value of Git’s fraud at a little over $7.8 million. 

Git processed a forum network and websites used to deliver information on how to commit a range of computer violations. One of these forums is affirmed to have provided stolen credit card information. At the time when the entry to the forum was free, members could acquire a “VIP” membership to gain “fresh” credit card data. Git issued various guides in violation with the country’s Computers and Money Laundering Law. Git also managed another scam, fraudulently realizing mobile phones – often members of his own forums –  at significantly reduced prices.

The indictment dispalys a scheme in which Git would require that the customer transfer his money for the phone, after which point he would proceed to block the client from the forum without ever actually having sent the customer their phone. He would go on to issue a positive feedback message on behalf of the deceived customer, expressing gratitude for the cheaper mobile phone. 

The Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office declares that Git had demanded all the payments to be made in Bitcoin. As such, he has reportedly managed to accumulate more than 1,071 Bitcoin between 2008 and 2018. The Bitcoin wallet of the defendant has been seized and the funds in it are to be confiscated if and when he is found guilty of his crimes.

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   272

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.