Promoters and Attorney of $100 Million Crypto Mining Ponzi Scheme Sentenced to Prison
Three individuals involved in a global fraud and money laundering operation linked to the cryptocurrency scheme, AirBit Club, have received prison sentence, Department of Justice revealed in a press release.
Scott Hughes, an attorney who played a key role in laundering approximately $18 million in fraudulent AirBit Club proceeds, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Cecilia Millan, a senior promoter of AirBit Club, will serve five years, and Karina Chairez, another senior promoter, has received a sentence of one year and one day.
Pablo Renato Rodriguez, co-founder of AirBit Club along with Gutemberg Dos Santos, was previously sentenced to 12 years in prison.
All of these sentences were handed down as part of their guilty pleas.
AirBit Club Operators Ordered to Forfeit $100 Million
The defendants in the AirBit Club fraud case have been ordered to forfeit their ill-gotten gains, totaling around $100 million.
These assets include U.S. currency, Bitcoin, and real estate.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams emphasized the roles these individuals played in perpetuating the pyramid scheme. Millan and Chairez aggressively solicited investments from unsuspecting individuals, while Hughes exploited his legal position to launder money for AirBit Club. Williams stressed the importance of holding all individuals involved in cryptocurrency investment schemes accountable for their actions.
The scheme, which began in late 2015, falsely promised investors guaranteed profits through cash investments in club “memberships.”
AirBit Club was marketed as a cryptocurrency multi-level marketing venture that claimed to generate returns from cryptocurrency mining and trading.
However, victims soon discovered that their investments were far from secure, facing difficulties withdrawing their funds and encountering hidden fees.