six arrests in international crypto-asset scam

Six people suspected of fraud through fraudulent investments of crypto-assets, and money laundering in an organized gang, were arrested in Israel, said Thursday, April 14 the prosecution of the Interregional Specialized Jurisdiction (Jirs) of Bordeaux, originally of the investigation.

The suspects are accused of having defrauded, between 2018 and 2019, a total of 12 million euros from more than 500 victims via fraudulent investments on false investment platforms in crypto-assets and on a site counterfeiting a civil society of asset management, detailed in a press release the prosecutor of the Republic of Bordeaux, Frédérique Porterie.

Accounts opened in Europe

According to investigators from Jirs de Bordeaux, the funds were placed in accounts opened in Europe, mainly in Portugal, “before ventilationin Asia and Turkey. Part of the funds extracted from the victims were then laundered by “purchase of gold in Turkey, for the benefit of a jeweler established in Jerusalem“, always according to the prosecution.

The suspects were arrested and their homes searched on Monday in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat by the Israeli police on a request for mutual criminal assistance sent by the Jirs de Bordeaux.

This operation bears witness to the reinforced judicial and police cooperation between the French and Israeli authorities” and “also means that criminals acting from abroad to the detriment of French victims are not beyond the reach of legal action“said Frédérique Porterie.

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