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Victims of $6.2B scam request China’s help with UK seized Bitcoin

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  • Victims of a $6.2 billion investment scam in China are seeking their government’s help to recover $4.3 billion in Bitcoin confiscated by the UK.
  • The pressure group has gathered almost 2,500 signatures from defrauded investors to submit to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • UK authorities seized 61,000 BTC in 2021 from Jian Wen, who failed to prove the funds’ lawful origin.

Victims of a large investment fraud in China are calling on their government to recover $4.3 billion worth of Bitcoin. This amount was confiscated by the U.K. government in response to a money laundering attempt that failed. Those who have been wronged, through a pressure group have approached China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They look for help in haggling with the U.K. to get back the confiscated cryptocurrency. Their request highlights the need of proving lawful possession in order to enable the funds to be returned.

The defrauded funds had originated from $6.2 billion investment scam by Tianjin Lantian Gerui Electronic Technology. Lasting from 2014 to 2017, this fraud deceived thousands. Almost 2,500 signatures have been collected for the victim group of people. These are to be forwarded to both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security in China.

Bitcoin seizure triggers major UK investigation

The UK’s participation was initiated by Jian Wen, a previous hospitality worker who tried to acquire over-the-top real estate using Bitcoin. Since Wen could not reveal the origin of these funds, questions were raised, and an official inquiry was initiated. Also, in 2021, a search performed on a residence rented by Wen and her employer, Zhimin Qian uncovered 61,000 BTC. The value of these at the time of seizure was about $1.7 billion.

The value of the cryptocurrency that was seized has since gone up, currently approximated at $4.3 billion. Wen first argued that Bitcoin was a mining product. Subsequently, she changed her version, claiming it was a present from Qian, who has subsequently disappeared from the UK. Wen was accused of money laundering, and she was convicted by Southwark Crown Court on March 20.

Fraud victims fear loss of Bitcoin funds

Legal and some diplomatic obstacles make the process of recovery itself a difficult assignment. The U.K. government has yet to declare the way it is going to deal with the confiscated Bitcoin. The uncertainty has only made the fears of the fraud victims worse because they are wondering whether they are ever going to recover their losses. In their letter to the Chinese government, the group states their strong rejection of the permanent confiscation of their funds by the U.K.

In the meantime, Jian Wen was charged with money laundering in U.K., and he was found guilty on March 20 by the Southwark Crown Court. At first, Wen contended she had mined the Bitcoin. Still, later she called it a present from Qian, who has since absconded from the U.K. Wen’s conviction represents a significant development in this matter, which may affect the ongoing attempts to repatriate the confiscation funds to the rightful owners.

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