PF topples the Brazilian bitcoin pyramid that operated in 17 countries

This Tuesday (5) the federal police launched Operation Green Lantern, which toppled a bitcoin pyramid in Brazil, which operated in 17 other countries.

With an international operation, the suspected pyramid has captured bitcoin deposits and promised high monthly returns to its victims.

After receiving the amounts from investors, the company claimed to have an emerald mining.

The name of the company targeted by the operation and its leaders were not disclosed by the federal police.

PF launches Operation Green Lantern against the Bitcoin pyramid

According to information from the PF in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Operation Lanterna Verde aimed to dismantle a criminal organization in Balneário Camboriú (SC).

The activities took place through a fake company that simulated the activity of mining emeralds.

The organization attracted investment in various countries through Bitcoin deposits, with the promise of high profits, but the funds were never credited to investors. The estimated damage is US$100 million.

In the action, the PF teams are complying with three preventive arrest warrants and eleven search and seizure warrants in the Santa Catarina municipalities of Balneário Camboriú, Itajaí, Itapema, Ilhota and in the towns of Farroupilha/RS and Paraíso do Tocantins/TO. The judicial measures were issued by the 1st Federal Court of Itajaí/SC and also included the blocking and confiscation of assets belonging to those under investigation.

Celebrities participated in corporate events and helped attract

The investigation found that the scheme’s leaders used videos that showed false characteristics of the company, including its own digital banks.

To increase the credibility of the false investments, the criminal organization invited people highlighted in the media to travel to Brazil, where they participated in events, received valuable prizes and saw alleged areas for mining and gemstone cutting got.

Until now approx 2,500 direct victims, from at least 18 countries, mainly from South and Central America, including Brazil. In total, approximately 25,000 people are estimated to have been harmed by the fraudulent scheme.

In addition to the three arrested, five others were charged with criminal association, money laundering, embezzlement and crimes against the national financial system and the people’s economy. The sentences for such crimes can reach the maximum prison term in our country, which is thirty years.

The PF informs that it has made available a channel for complaints about the matter via the following email: [email protected].

The three arrests took place in the state of Santa Catarina, 2 in Balneário Camboriú and 1 in Itapema. The eleven search and seizure warrants took place in SC, RS and TO.

Source: Live Coins