July 21, 2024

The founder of the Reformed Church of Satan was convicted of illegal exchange of bitcoins

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The founder of the Reformed Church of Satan was convicted of illegal exchange of bitcoins

A US District Court sentenced a 35-year-old New Hampshire woman accused of illegal activities to one and a half years in prison for cryptocurrency transactions.

Prosecutor Jane Young said thatFrom June 2020 to January 2021, Aria DiMezzo exchanged fiat currencies (mostly US dollars) for bitcoins. The woman recruited clients on various websites, including the P2P platform LocalBitcoins. Clients sent bank transfers to her name, as well as to the bank account of the Reformed Church of Satan, which she created. In exchange, DiMezzo sent people bitcoins and other crypto assets, collecting a commission for it.

DiMezzo exchanged digitally in this wayassets worth more than $3 million. The accused did not report to regulators, although transactions with currencies exceeded $10,000 in the amount and did not file reports of suspicious transactions, although their amount exceeded $2,000.

DiMezzo collaborated with another defendantIan Freeman, giving him a percentage of sales profits for attracting customers. Freeman faced similar charges in 2021 and was later found guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering, unauthorized conduct of a money transmitting business and tax evasion. Freeman is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17, 2023.

Judge Joseph LaPlantesentenced Aria DiMezzo to 18 months in prison, one year of supervised release and a $5,000 fine. The court also ruled that 1.93 BTC and $14,000 should be confiscated from DiMezzo.

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“This illegal bitcoin exchange businessconnived with various kinds of scammers who anonymously received money from their victims. Any virtual currency exchangers must be registered. They are required to comply with requirements to ensure that their activities are not related to fraud,” Prosecutor Young said at the trial.

Recently, US law enforcement agencies arrested one of the organizers of the cryptocurrency fraudulent scheme G|CLUBS, which raised about $1 billion from investors.