The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has actually charged 2 individuals apparently behind a million-dollar non-fungible token (NFT) “rug pull” plan. They deserted the NFT job within hours after offering out, shut off the site, and moved over $1 million in crypto to the wallets they managed, the justice department discussed.
NFT Purchasers Defrauded in a Rug Pull Scam
The U.S. Justice Department revealed Thursday that 2 20-year-olds have actually been charged in a “non-fungible token (NFT) fraud and money-laundering scheme.” The accuseds, Ethan Nguyen and Andre Llacuna, apparently defrauded buyers of NFTs promoted as “Frosties.”
According to the DOJ, on or aboutJan 9, the accuseds “abandoned the Frosties NFT project within hours after selling out of Frosties NFTs, deactivated the Frosties website, and transferred approximately $1.1 million in cryptocurrency proceeds from the scheme to various cryptocurrency wallets under their control in multiple transactions designed to obfuscate the original source of funds.”
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated:
Mr Nguyen andMr Llacuna assured financiers the advantages of the Frosties NFTs, however when it offered out, they pulled the carpet out from under the victims, nearly instantly closing down the site and moving the cash.
Nguyen and Llacuna were detained in Los Angeles, California, as they prepared to offer a 2nd set of NFTs promoted as “Embers,” the DOJ kept in mind.
The Justice Department thinks that Embers is “another fraud scheme,” keeping in mind that it was anticipated to introduce on or around March 26 and prepared for to produce roughly $1.5 million in cryptocurrency profits.
The accuseds “are each charged with one count of commit wire fraud … and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering,” the DOJ stated, keeping in mind that each count brings an optimal sentence of 20 years in jail.
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A trainee of Austrian Economics, Kevin discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and has actually been an evangelist since. His interests depend on Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network impacts and the crossway in between economics and cryptography.
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