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Woman faces legal action over alleged $4.2M cryptocurrency mishandling

TL;DR

  • Woman faces charges for allegedly mishandling $4.2 million in cryptocurrency, accused of fraud and money laundering.
  • Scammers exploit AI to lure victims into fake cryptocurrency schemes promising unrealistically high returns.
  • Annual report highlights $300 million loss to phishing scams in crypto, while US Secret Service seizes $500,000 related to an investment scam.

A 31-year-old woman is gearing up for a courtroom battle amidst accusations of mishandling $4.2 million in cryptocurrency. Law enforcement authorities have revealed intentions to charge her with fraud and suspected involvement in money laundering activities. 

The investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by a company, alleging that an employee diverted $4.2 million worth of Tether’s USD-pegged stablecoin (USDT) into cryptocurrency accounts linked to the accused individual.

Alleged misappropriation and transactions

The investigation disclosed that the funds were purportedly misappropriated between May and August 2022. During this period, the accused reportedly transferred the funds to her digital currency wallets and utilized them for various transactions. Authorities have seized items allegedly purchased with the diverted funds, including white slippers, accessories like a bag and sunglasses, and a black car suspected to be a Mercedes, recognizing them as proceeds of criminal activity.

Potential legal ramifications

The woman is anticipated to face charges under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking, and Other Serious Crimes Act (CDSA). If convicted, she could face imprisonment for up to 10 years along with hefty fines, as stipulated by the Act.

Consumer alert on AI-driven scams

In a separate development, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a consumer alert cautioning against the surge of scams leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to deceive individuals into fraudulent digital currency investment schemes. The warning highlights the proliferation of schemes capitalizing on cryptocurrency arbitrage trading, where scammers assertively promise exceptionally high profits through AI-driven algorithms.

The CFTC emphasized the misleading claims made by fraudsters, who often pledge significant returns facilitated by AI-generated algorithms. These schemes, boasting returns ranging from tens of thousands of percent to a purported perfect 100 percent success rate, exploit public interest in AI technology.

Annual report on digital currency scams

A recent annual report by web3 security firm Scam Sniffer underscores the escalating threat of phishing scams in the crypto industry. According to the report, phishing scams led to the theft of approximately $300 million of cryptocurrencies in 2023 alone.

Furthermore, the US Secret Service has disclosed the confiscation of approximately $500,000 in digital currency related to an investment scam in Southeast Asia.

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Lacton Muriuki

Lacton is an experienced journalist specializing in blockchain-based technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency. He dabbles in daily crypto news rich with well-researched stats. He adds aesthetic appeal, adding a human face to technology.

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