December 2, 2021

NiceHash co-founder Mathias Shkoryants faces up to 50 years in prison

NiceHash co-founder Mathias Shkoryants faces up to 50 years in prison

German Federal Police arrested NiceHash co-founder Mathias Shkoryants. Man accused of internet fraud in the millions of euros and may spend the next 50 years of his life in prison.

According to the local publication, the state department of the country confirmed information about the detention of a Slovenian citizen.

In early September, the U.S. District Court of the WestWashington County began the persecution of an American, a Spaniard and two Slovenes for fraudulent activities. The defendants stole about $ 4.5 million from September 2008 to December 2013. They were charged with bank fraud, computer hacking, identity theft and blackmail.

Note that Matias Shkoryants already hascriminal past. Back in 2011, US law enforcement agencies demanded the extradition of Shkoryants from Slovenia, who later was convicted in the homeland for selling malware called Mariposa. In 2015, a Maribor court sentenced the accused to four years and ten months in prison.

The name Shkoryants is also associated with a major theft onNiceHash mining service, which occurred in December 2017. Then with NiceHash BTC was stolen in the amount of $ 60 million, and the total amount of damage amounted to 4700 BTC.

NiceHash platform resumed its work two weeks after the attack. At that time, the company announced that it would return all stolen funds to customers, and since then has gradually fulfilled its promise.

According to NiceHash representatives, the charges against Matias Shkoryants are not related to operations on their service.

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