Who is the mastermind behind a cryptocurrency scam worth more than $1.25 million: he is under arrest

Who is the mastermind behind a cryptocurrency scam worth more than $1.25 million: he is under arrest
Who is the mastermind behind a cryptocurrency scam worth more than $1.25 million: he is under arrest

Fernando Gastón Barbatelli, is 41 years old and was arrested this Wednesday in the City of Buenos Aires

Is called Fernando Gastón Barbatelli, is 41 years old and was arrested this Wednesday in the City of Buenos Aires, accused of being the mastermind who defrauded a Chilean and another Mexican citizen with cryptocurrencies of more than 1.25 million dollars through identity theft. There are three other detainees, accomplices of the ideologue of the scheme, and they were kidnapped $656,000 in crypto.

“He is a known scammer, that’s basically what he does”he tells Infobae one of the investigators who participated in the operations that the City Police carried out this Wednesday by order of the prosecutor Alejandro Musso, of the Prosecutor’s Office Specialized in Cybercrime Investigation of San Isidro.

What came to Barbatelli’s mind? Basically, he impersonated another person to convince the Chilean citizen to invest. Sources in the case described the maneuver like this: “He posed as an acquaintance of his from Tierra del Fuego. She sent him all the documentation modified with Photoshop, and even forged his wallets to give the image that he had the crypto and was investing. Everything for build trust in this person, who ended up delivering the 20 crypto”.

It all started more than a year ago, when the Chilean victim was in Argentina. “They virtually offer you to make an investment something in the air“, the kind that don’t tell you what they are for, but the victim had crypto,” the sources detailed.

Raids, 4 detainees and 622 thousand dollars in cryptocurrencies

Precisely, the victim had five bitcoins and decided to invest them with this person without knowing that everything was scam and he had taken the identity of another investor. And they described how the scam continued: “What happened is that They sucked the five bitcoins. So, later they told him that, to return them, he had to continue investing, to be able to get the profit.”

And that is where victim 2 enters: a Mexican citizen who lives in the United States. “The Chilean he put 15 more bitcoins than his colleague and, in total, there were already 20. Bitcoin is $64,000 each. Obviously, everything disappeared,” they summarized the maneuver.

Fernando Gastón Barbatelli, is 41 years old and was arrested this Wednesday in the City of Buenos Aires

Given this, the complaint was made and the researchers reported that they began to do a cryptographic trace with forensic tools of those transactions and, after some wallet jumps that could not be identified, They arrived at that of a Chinese citizen and began to study it.

She was married to another Chinese man who had spent 105 million dollars through their wallets in two years. From the transactional behavior she witnessed, she clearly did trading“, explained the sources of the case. That is, they exchanged money for crypto and vice versa, obviously, for a fee.

Chinese citizens were getting money from different virtual scams and what they were doing was hiding the money, hiding it and changing it.

Two raids were in Chinese supermarkets in Béccar

Precisely, Barbatelli was not the only one arrested this Wednesday. Her accomplices, a woman and two men of Chinese nationality, fell in the Buenos Aires town of Béccar. They were in charge of trading of crypto assets.

Prosecutor Musso charged these three detainees with “a participation in the scam”. Although she does not take a bad look at the fact that everything later turned to money laundering.

With the Argentine identified and his Chinese accomplices as well, this Wednesday the joint procedure was carried out: “It was raided, everyone was arrested and of the decentralized hardware wallets (NdeR: small devices where the private keys of the wallets are stored), in the world of the tangible, what it represents was kidnapped $650,000 which, in reality, are cryptos in different types of crypto.”

The three detained in Béccar, all of Chilean nationality

They were in 53 different wallets. “This is the largest kidnapping in Argentina, by far, of cryptocurrencies done in this way, that is, in the context of a raid with an arrest,” boasted the researchers consulted by this medium.

 
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