Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Perpetrator Fined $40 Million

Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Perpetrator Fined $40 Million

A Texas man charged with defrauding consumers through an illicit investment vehicle has been ordered to pay more than $40m in fines by a federal judge. The Thursday ruling brought to close a case launched last July that drew headlines at a time when many in the mainstream US media were only first learning about bitcoin and its related technology. Trendon Shavers, the founder and operator of Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST) had reportedly accrued more than 700,000 BTC in customer funds, worth roughly $64m at the time of his arrest. US Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant wrote: "The uncontested....


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Man Who Ran Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Fined $40M

Trendon Shavers, the man who the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said was running a bitcoin Ponzi scheme, has been ordered to pay a $40 million dollar fine by U. S. Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant for his founding of the "Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST)" organization, which was nothing more than a scam for its users. From a complaint filed by the SEC last year (as noted by Inside Bitcoins): From at least September 2011 to September 2012, Shavers, operating under the Internet name "pirateat40," offered and sold BTCST investments over the Internet, raising more than 700,000 BTC....

Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Operator Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

Bitcoin Ponzi scheme perpetrator Trendon Shavers has plead guilty to securities fraud, a decision that reverses plea of not guilty submitted in March. Shavers faced up to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors out of an estimated $4.5m while operating Bitcoin Savings & Trust (BS&T). The investment scheme, which promised investors 7% returns on bitcoin market arbitrage activity in 2011 and 2012, became the object of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inquiry in July 2013. According to a report by Bloomberg, Shavers will now serve anywhere from 33 months to 41 months in....

World Bank: Bitcoin Is Not A "Ponzi Scheme"

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"Pirate@40" Arrested for Bitcoin Ponzi Scam

Charles Ponzi. Trendon Shavers, aka "Pirate@40," was arrested this morning on securities fraud and wire fraud charges stemming from his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator pays returns to its investors from new capital paid by new investors, rather than from profit earned. The scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, who became notorious for using the technique in 1920. Shavers was the founder and operator of Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BCS&T), which offered and sold Bitcoin-based investments through the Internet.....

Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Operator Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

The first federal securities fraud case involving a bitcoin investment scheme has ended with perpetrator Trendon Shavers receiving a sentence of 18 months in prison. In addition, Shavers was assessed penalties including three years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, $1.2m in forfeiture and $1.2m in restitution. The decision puts to rest a case that began in July 2013 when Shavers was charged with defrauding investors through an investment service called Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BCS&T), which was later deemed to be a fraudulent ponzi scheme.....

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Bitcoin will do to banks what email did to the postal industry.

Rick Falkvinge, IT Enterpreneur, Politician. Founder of the Swedish pirate party