Monday, January 18, 2021

Brazilian influencer sentenced to 116 years in prison on fraud charges

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A Brazilian influencer who pivoted from a career in professional gaming has been sentenced to 116 years in prison “plus fines” because of fraud charges, the Brazilian website Universo Online reported Tuesday.

Shayene “shAy” Victorio, who is known for her competitive background in “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and faces a 116-year prison sentence as a result. Despite the much longer sentence, the maximum prison term for a single crime under Brazilian law is 30 years.

According to the report, Brazil’s Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime carried out the investigation into accusations that Victorio — as co-owner and operator of an online storefront from 2013 to 2017 — sold goods that were never delivered or refunded.

She denies the claims and points blame at her former partners in the venture. Victorio is also appealing the ruling.

“We will appeal against the sentence that we consider inhumane, awaiting a new decision and under the guise of the principle of innocence,” her lawyer told Universo Online.

On Tuesday, she issued a statement on her Instagram account in which she updated followers on her life:

In the note, Victorio said she was free during the appeals process. “I am not arrested and I will not be arrested,” she said in an attempt to push back on reports that she was a fugitive.

Before becoming an influencer, Victorio had been well known within the Brazilian “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” competitive scene. She spent more than 10 years competing in the original “Counter-Strike” and a follow-up, “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.”

It was only last May that she left the world of esports to focus on a new career as a social media influencer. For now, however, Victorio says she’s leaving social media “to take care of my sanity.”

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