A Romanian programmer, Silviu Catalin Balaci, recently confessed that he played a significant role in the $772 million BitClub scam. According to an announcement by federal officials, Balaci admitted that he was one of the people behind the BitClub Network.
Balaci Admits He is Guilty
Balaci is a programmer based in Romania. During a video conference with US District Judge Claire Cecchi, he confirmed that he actively engaged in wire fraud and the sale of unregistered securities in connection to the BitClub Network.
According to the announcement, Balaci actively assisted two others to create and operate the BitClub Network. His role in the BitClub Network was that of a programmer. After his confession, he could go to jail for up to five years as well as paying a fine of up to $250,000.
The BitClub Scam
The BitClub scammers were charged in a US Federal court in 2019. Three scammers were mentioned, including Balaci. During the existence of the scam, they managed to attract thousands of victims to the scam. They lied to investors, telling them they were investing their funds in crypto mining pools, which ended up being fabricated. Besides that, they actively encouraged investors to seek out new victims. According to the announcement by the Justice Department, the scam operated from April 2014 up to December 2019.
In his confession, Balaci revealed that he and Goettsche discussed their targets and said they would be “dumb” while referring to them as “sheep.” The scammers also said that the whole scam would be built on the backs of idiots. Investors in the BitClub Network were told that their funds would be invested in three mining pools.
However, Balaci admitted that they never operated three mining pools during his time at the BitClub Network. He also admitted that he and Goettsche, a participant in the scam, manipulated the number displayed as BTC mining earnings. The goal was to make it seem as if the BitClub Network was making more than what was being mined. For instance, Goettsche directed Balaci in February 2015 to bump up the daily earning by 60%. Balaci also confirmed that during the existence of the scam, they took at least $772 million in BTC from their victims.
Head of BitClub Arrested
In June 2020, the authorities in Indonesia apprehended the head of BitCLub, Russ Medlin. He had successfully managed to escape the law for six months longer than the other two implicated in the scam. However, he was caught in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is now facing sex charges in the country.
The BitClub scam targeted vulnerable investors who did not have a clear understanding of the crypto market. It is thus important for any investor in the crypto sector to conduct due diligence before they invest their funds in any crypto project. All the main participants in the BitClub Scam have been apprehended. However, it is still unclear whether the victims of the scam will ever get their funds back.
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