Police officers detained a fraudster in Transcarpathian region of Ukraine under the pretext of transactions for buying and selling bitcoin, which lured almost 9 million hryvnias from acquaintances. This was reported by the press service of the regional police.
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The 23-year-old resident of the village of Velikiy Rakovets in the Irshava district turned out to be a swindler. He organized the scheme for the exchange of gullible friends back in 2017, promising those profit on the difference in rates.
When the victims realized that they had been deceived and that there would be no income from the resale of bitcoins, they demanded that their money be returned. However, the fraudster disappeared and was hiding for a long time.
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In total, he lured UAH 8,819,000 from his victims (about $ 372,000 at the current rate).
On January 3, the police still detained the fraudster. He has already been selected a preventive measure in the form of detention with an alternative to making a bail in the amount of 630,600 hryvnias. A criminal case has been opened under article 190 part 4 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (fraud on an especially large scale).
Earlier it was reported that behind the wave of false mining, which covered Russia in December last year, there may be a client of the WEX bitcoin exchange from Ukraine.