by Kevin Helms
Indian police have arrested 11 people so far in connection with a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme that has duped about 2,000 investors out of $5.4 million.
Indian police have cracked down on a cryptocurrency investment scheme that has duped over 2,000 investors out of 40 crore rupees ($5.4 million).
The number of arrests reached 11, seven of whom were arrested on Sunday in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, according to PTI.
The main accused, Nishid Wasnik, and his wife Pragati, along with two other associates, Gajanan Mungune and Sandesh Lanjewar, were arrested one day prior in Pune. They went into hiding in March last year and had been on a run until they were arrested Saturday, the police said.
An official described that Wasnik used to flaunt his luxurious lifestyle to lure people to invest in a firm he claimed to be dealing in ether (ETH) cryptocurrency. The official was quoted as saying:
He manipulated the website of the firm to show a steady rise in the value of investments while transferring money into his accounts fraudulently between 2017 and 2021.
The police said all 11 people were charged under IPC, Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act and Information Technology Act provisions by Yashodhara Nagar police.
Referring to the accused, the official added:
He had even organized a seminar on cryptocurrency investment in Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh.
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A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.
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