Lawyer Spills the Beans on Bitcoin Ponzi Convict, Pirateat40

Lawyer Spills the Beans on Bitcoin Ponzi Convict, Pirateat40

In September, Texan man Trendon Shavers admitted to conducting a $4.6M Bitcoin Ponzi scheme. On the popular bitcointalk.org forum, he promised investors a 7 percent weekly return on sums of more than 25K BTC. Pirateat40 hastily shut down the scheme in mid-2012, leaving investors in the dark about their funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) then charged the Bitcoin fraudster, ordering him to pay $150,000 in a civil penalty and more than $40 million in illegal profits. But this is just one side of the story. Jason Seibert, the defendant lawyer, has revealed some vital points....


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Bitcoin represents a significant threat to the currency domination of the USA, which is the only thing propping up the nation’s status as a worldwide superpower.

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