Saturday, September 18, 2021

Former Manchester United player charged for role in crypto money-laundering scheme

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Anderson, a former Brazilian football team and Manchester United Player, has been charged for allegedly being involved in a crypto money-laundering scheme. According to Globo, the retired midfielder was investigated by a court in Brazil after suspicions of his participation with seven other people on a R$35 million ($6.5 million) money-laundering operation done via cryptocurrencies.

The 17th Criminal Court of the Central Court of Porto Alegre accepted the request from the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul to fill the complaint against Anderson and the other individuals involved in “theft, criminal organization and laundering of goods, rights or valuables.” The authorities say that the individuals charged are suspected of diverting $6.5 million from a Brazilian stock exchange. In part, such acquisition was made with digital assets allegedly bought inside the country and overseas.

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Although the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul did not disclose the names of the other people accused, they confirmed that the former Brazilian football player is among the suspects.

However, Anderson has stated he is innocent on all of the charges. Furthermore, he said that he has held cryptos since 2019 and confirmed that his company had sold bitcoin (BTC) to one of the people involved. Still, he claimed that he did not know that the money had illicit origins. “We weren’t summoned. It’s hard to talk now. There is an investigation. Anderson is aware of this. But, this Anderson will prove that he was a victim, not a participant,” Cezar Coitinho Junior, Anderson’s lawyer, told Globo.

Anderson is well known for his background as a football player in teams such as Grêmio, Inter, Porto and Manchester United.

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Recently, the Brazilian Federal Police arrested several members and the leader of Bitcoin Banco Group, a company that embezzled investors’ funds in the name of cryptocurrency investment. The operation led to the arrest of Cláudio Oliveira, better known as ‘The Bitcoin King’, who was the President of Bitcoin Banco Group.

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