US arrests three in alleged USD 722 mn cryptocurrency fraud

US authorities arrested three men in an alleged fraud that raised USD 722 million from investors lured by fake bitcoin mining earnings, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Prosecutors described the scam as a “high-tech Ponzi scheme” run by the “BitClub Network,” which took money from investors and rewarded them for recruiting new shareholders.
From April 2014 through December 2019 the group attracted unsuspecting investors using fraudulent earnings purported to come from the network’s mining pool, according to the statement.
The scheme was orchestrated from Passaic, New Jersey and constituted a “worldwide fraudulent scheme,” according to an indictment signed by US Attorney Craig Carpenito of New Jersey.
In messages with his co-conspirators, defendant Matthew Brent Goettsche referred to investors as “dumb” and said he was “building the whole model on the backs of idiots” as he directed others to manipulate the figures, the Justice Department said.
Defendants “are accused of …