The defendant would have seized 7.9 BTC between 2018 and 2019. The businessman Gaspare Di Campo Salerno issued the formal accusations.

A new alleged case of scam with bitcoin (BTC) appeared before the authorities of the Public Ministry of Venezuela. The businessman Gaspare Di Campo Salerno issued the accusations against José Alejandro Figueira de Abreu, whom he pointed out as allegedly receiving 7.9 bitcoins, which is currently equivalent to more than 300,000 US dollars.

In the complaint, filed together with the Caracas metropolitan area prosecutor’s office, Figueira de Abreu is the main accused of the alleged crimes of fraud and money laundering. Di Campo explained in the indictment that he decided to invest in cryptocurrency between 2018 and 2019.

The case is under prosecution because the businessman requested in 2019 the returns on his investment and then the total funds. However, the complainant did not receive the capital, nor the alleged benefits investment would bring, according to Venezuelan media.

The complaint, filed before the prosecution, reads that the defendant refused by arguing that leaving the position could harm his interests. The defendant also claimed that a lot of money could be lost if that were the case.

Di Campo, through his legal representative, demands the return of his cryptocurrencies or the equivalent in fiat currency. According to the complaint, Figueira would have also carried out arbitration operations with the funds, but without carrying out any registry of such operations.

Measures to Track Bitcoins and Other Cryptocurrencies

Among procedures requested by the complainant’s defense to track cryptocurrencies is verification of emails, expertise, and tracking of applications such as WhatsApp, bitcoin wallets, and leading interviews to intensify the investigative procedures.

Regarding precautionary measures, Di Campo’s defense is requesting the blocking of bank accounts and the seizure of movable and immovable property. In addition, he requested the

arrest for the alleged commission of the alleged crimes.

The accusation happened right after the director of the Venezuelan judicial police, Douglas Rico, announced that two other subjects had been arrested in May for deceiving more than $ 130,000 through the LocalBitcoins exchange network.

The subjects were identified as Alan Renier Amora Blanco, 30, and Guillermo Alberto Bello Mendoza, 28, who got arrested in the El Paso sector, Guaicaipuro municipality, Miranda state, according to Commissioner Douglas Rico, director of the police.

The cryptocurrency ecosystem is usually a target for third parties to hunt and capture alleged investments in bitcoin or other digital assets. The recommendation for users is to investigate more profoundly the proposals that are presented to them and train their perceptions about the market, so they can doubt misleading offers and other deceiving methods that promise great returns in a short time.

By: Jenson Nuñez


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