The CEO and co-founder of crypto mining and funding platform Mining Capital Coin (MCC) Luiz Capuci Jr. has been indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for “allegedly orchestrating a $62 million global investment fraud scheme.”
The DOJ is charging Capuci with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit worldwide cash laundering in relation to a number of allegedly fraudulent schemes that had been run by way of MCC. If discovered responsible, he faces a most jail sentence of 45 years.
According to the DOJ’s indictment, Capuci (alongside unnamed co-conspirators) is accused of deceptive buyers over the profit-bearing potential of MCC mining packages and a local token dubbed Capital Coin that was backed by the “biggest cryptocurrency mining operation in the world.”
As a part of the mining packages, Capuci is alleged to have touted “substantial profits and guaranteed returns by using investors’ money to mine new cryptocurrency” however allegedly did not ship on the cut price:
“As alleged in the indictment, however, Capuci operated a fraudulent investment scheme and did not use investors’ funds to mine new cryptocurrency, as promised, but instead diverted the funds to cryptocurrency wallets under his control.”
Capuci can also be accused of promoting doubtful MCC buying and selling bots “with new technology never seen before” that would conduct “thousands of trades per second “ and generate daily returns for investors.
“As he did with the Mining Packages, however, Capuci allegedly operated an investment fraud scheme with the Trading Bots and was not, as he promised, using MCC Trading Bots to generate income for investors, but instead was diverting the funds to himself and co-conspirators,” the DOJ indictment reads.
Additionally, the MCC CEO and co-founder allegedly recruited MCC promoters and associates as a part of a multi-level advertising and marketing scheme. In return for luring buyers into the MCC ecosystem, Capuci is alleged to have promised something from “Apple watches and iPads to luxury vehicles such as a Lamborghini, Porsche” and even his personal private Ferrari.
“Capuci further concealed the location and control of the fraud proceeds obtained from investors by laundering the funds internationally through various foreign-based cryptocurrency exchanges.”
The DOJ’s indictment was additionally introduced on the identical day that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) outlined fraud fees in opposition to MCC, co-founder Emerson Pires, Capuci, and two entities managed by Capuci in CPTLCoin Corp. (CPTLCoin) and Bitchain Exchanges (Bitchain).
According to the SEC’s grievance, “MCC, Capuci, and Pires sold mining packages to 65,535 investors worldwide and promised daily returns of 1 percent, paid weekly” over the course of a 12 months.
The SEC alleged that buyers had been initially promised returns in Bitcoin (BTC), nonetheless this was subsequently modified to MCC’s Capital Coin (CPTL), which may solely be redeemed on “a fake crypto asset trading platform Capuci created and managed” known as Bitchain.
However, when it got here time for customers to withdraw their funds, they had been solely capable of buy one other mining package deal or forfeit their funds.
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The SEC alleges that Pires and Capuci “netted at least $8.1 million from the sale of the mining packages and $3.2 million in initiation fees.”
“As the complaint alleges, Capuci and Pires took every opportunity to extract more money from unsuspecting investors on false promises of outlandish returns and used investor funds raised from this fraudulent scheme to fund a lavish lifestyle, including purchasing Lamborghinis, yachts, and real estate,” mentioned A. Kristina Littman, chief of the SEC enforcement division’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit.
The SEC additionally said that the District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a short lived restraining order in opposition to the defendants final month and an order to freeze their belongings.