Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Gets 18 Months in Prison

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Gets 18 Months in Prison

In a landmark case involving the first-ever federal securities fraud involving bitcoin, a Texas man identified as the operator behind a Ponzi investment scheme has received a sentence of 18 months in prison. Trendon Shavers, aka “Pirate@40” was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the charge of one count securities fraud due to his bitcoin investment scheme operated as the Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BCS&T). Furthermore, the 33-year-old Texan also received 3 years of supervised release while being ordered to pay a little over $1.2 million in forfeiture and the same amount again in....


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