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Man Accused of Running $3.5 Million Crypto Mining Scheme Indicted

A man from Nebraska has been charged with multiple crimes by authorities in New York for allegedly orchestrating a $3.5 million cryptocurrency scheme. The press release stated that if found guilty, the accused could potentially face up to 30 years in prison.

The individual, identified as Charles O. Parks III, also known as “CP30”, has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and engaging in illegal monetary transactions related to the scheme. The arrest took place on April 13 in Nebraska, and the accused is set to appear in federal court in Omaha on April 16.

The investigation revealed that Parks was involved in a “large-scale ‘cryptojacking’ operation” that defrauded two cloud computing providers of over $3.5 million. The accused allegedly used various names, corporate affiliations, and email addresses to create multiple accounts with the providers and gain unauthorized access to significant computing resources without payment.

Additionally, the press release mentioned that Parks laundered the proceeds from the scheme through various methods, including crypto exchanges, a Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) marketplace, online payment providers, and regular bank accounts to conceal the money. It was also disclosed that Parks used the illegally obtained funds to make extravagant purchases, such as luxury cars, jewelry, and first-class travel accommodations.

The authorities involved in the investigation, including members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s New York Field Office and the New York Police Department (NYPD), emphasized the importance of collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the private sector in identifying and apprehending cybercriminals to combat their criminal activities effectively.

The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the evolving threat landscape in cyberspace and the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies to address sophisticated cybercrimes. The total market capitalization for cryptocurrencies currently stands at $2.206 trillion, according to data from TradingView. Photo credit: Unsplash.com, Chart data source: TradingView.com.



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