Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Hints at Dealings With Mt Gox CEO

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Hints at Dealings With Mt Gox CEO

Convicted Ponzi scheme operator Trendon Shavers is now insinuating the major unidentified debtor cited in his defense against the SEC may have been Mark Karpeles, CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox. The claims, while veiled, stem from a new interview for the popular industry podcast Bitcoin Uncensored, in which Shavers faced questions about the history of Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST), an investment operation later deemed a Ponzi scheme in multiple court litigations. Investors lost as much as 700,000 BTC through the scheme, which collapsed in late 2012. In a court....


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A 33-year-old Texan man pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme involving bitcoins, making it the first ever U. S. criminal fraud case related to the cryptocurrency. Texas native Trendon Shavers has admitted to operating a Ponzi scheme running $4.5 million worth of bitcoins, Reuters reports. Shavers aka "pirateat40" while online, was arrested in November, a couple of months after being ordered to pay $40.7 million in a U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil lawsuit related to the Ponzi case. The case is a milestone, with prosecutors noting that it is the first U. S. criminal....

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 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....

All Things Alt: Ponzi Schemes, Blackcoin USBs and a Time Warp Attack

With another week gone by, let's shine the spotlight on recent developments and interesting finds in the world of alternative digital currencies. Shibes scheme in new online game. The popular meme-based digital currency dogecoin has been credited by some as providing a friendly introduction to digital currencies. However, now it is being leveraged to welcome people into a not-so-friendly corner of finance: the ponzi scheme. PonziDoge is billed as a "virtual experiment game" designed to educate people about the nature of ponzi schemes, a form of financial fraud that involves collecting....

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