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The Texas federal prosecutor's office has filed a series of criminal charges against US citizens suspected of fraud and money laundering using cryptocurrencies.
Multi-year investigation of Operation Crypto Runnerconducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the United States Secret Service (USSS), and the Postal Inspection Service (PIS) in East Texas, a special law enforcement arm of the US Postal Service. The operation, which "interrupted more than $300 million in annual money laundering operations," seized millions of dollars in cash and cryptocurrencies.
Prosecutors say the suspects playeda key role in an international scam, laundering money inside the US for his foreign accomplices. Four defendants, including the alleged ringleader, 57-year-old Tulasidas Konda, have already pleaded guilty.
They laundered money received from accomplicesthrough cryptocurrencies, using bank accounts, electronic mailboxes and crypto wallets. Managed to launder $ 6 million for three. Two more are suspected of laundering $2.4 million in business email compromise scams and real estate fraud. But the two have not yet pleaded not guilty.
Ten other suspects who allegedly belonged tocriminal group, accused of fraud using telegraph and postal services. Fake help desks have been used to convince victims to send money using shell companies and commercial bank accounts set up under the guise of legal entities.
The U.S. Department of Justice reported in October thatfive citizens of Russia and two citizens of Venezuela organized a scheme to sell oil to the sub-sanctioned company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) for cryptocurrencies.