Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Charged With Criminal Securities Fraud

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Charged With Criminal Securities Fraud

Trendon Shavers, a Texas man who ran a scam investment scheme called Bitcoin Savings and Trust, has been arrested in his home state. The charges filed against Shavers today are one count of securities fraud and one of wire fraud, with each having a maximum penalty of 20 years and potential fines totaling upwards of $5m. Shavers, 32, has already been fined $40m by a federal judge in north Texas in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) -related case. This arrest is for criminal charges of fraud brought by the US Attorney in Manhattan. Bitcoin Savings and Trust. By using the online....


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