The co-founder of AirBit Membership — a cryptocurrency pyramid scheme that swindled buyers of over $100 million — has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for his position in a $100 million “pyramid scheme”  that presupposed to be concerned in crypto mining. 

The sentencing comes almost seven months after Rodriguez — the co-founder of AirBit Membership — pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges in a United States District Courtroom in March.

In a Sept. 26 assertion, Damian Williams, United States Lawyer for the Southern District of New York said Rodriguez “preyed” on unsophisticated buyers with false guarantees that their funds have been invested into reliable cryptocurrency buying and selling and mining operations.

“As an alternative of investing on behalf of buyers, Rodriguez hid victims’ cash in a posh laundering scheme utilizing Bitcoin, an lawyer belief account, and worldwide entrance and shell firms and used victims’ cash to line his personal pockets.”

District Courtroom Decide George B. Daniels imposed an extra three years of supervised launch for Rodriguez, which can observe his 12-year jail sentence.

The convicted fraudster was ordered to pay a forfeiture of $65 million and to forfeit different gadgets, together with a complete of three,800 Bitcoins (BTC) (value $100 million), Rodriguez’s Irvine residence in California, $900,000 in U.S. {dollars} seized from the property and almost $1 million beforehand held in escrow for a Gulfstream Jet.

The opposite defendants — Dos Santos, Scott Hughes, Cecilia Millan and Karina Chairez have additionally pleaded responsible and are awaiting sentencing verdicts.

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AirBit Membership was launched in 2015. Potential buyers have been informed that AirBit Membership earned returns on cryptocurrency mining and buying and selling and that victims would earn passive, assured day by day returns on any membership bought.

Nevertheless, as early as 2016, membership members wishing to withdraw proceeds have been met with excuses, delays and hidden fees and informed they need to recruit new members in the event that they needed to obtain the returns.

The operators of the membership, together with Rodriguez have been charged with fraud and cash laundering by the DOJ in August 2020 after a probe by the USA Homeland Safety Investigations.

In 2022, $7.6 billion in funds were lost to cryptocurrency ponzi and pyramid schemes, in accordance with a June 28 report by blockchain intelligence agency TRM Labs.

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