Authorities from both nations seized the cryptocurrency that was allegedly generated by a lucrative online scam.
Brazilian and America authorities worked together to seize the stolen cryptocurrency funds. The investigation, led
by Brazil, requested the assistance of American law enforcement. It is estimated that over $200 million was given by
unsuspecting victims. American and Brazilian law enforcement authorities have seized a total of $24 million in
cryptocurrency allegedly generatedthrough an online fraud scheme.
"Operation Egypto," an investigation led by Brazilian authorities with the help of American law enforcement, tracked down
Marcos Antonio Fagundes. Fagundes has been charged with the operation of a financial institution without legal authorization,
fraudulent management of a financial institution, misappropriation, money laundering, and the violation of securities law.
It is alleged that Fagundes, as well as co-conspirators, used the internet to solicit investments from victims into new financial
opportunities. These individuals would then part with their funds—either in the form of Brazilian fiat currency or cryptocurrency—much
of which was then used to line the pockets of Fagundes and his associates.
"To carry out the scheme, the conspirators are alleged to have made false and inconsistent promises to investors about the way the
funds were invested and exaggerated the rates of return," the US Department of Justice said on Wednesday.