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UK Sends a Gang of Four to Prison for £21M Crypto Fraud

by Arnab Shome
  • They fraudulently obtained the cryptocurrencies using a loophole on an Aussie crypto exchange.
  • The mastermind of the fraud, who alone siphoned off £15 million in crypto, died in January 2021.
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A UK Court has sentenced four fraudsters to 15 years in jail for their involvement in making a loss of £21 million to an Australian cryptocurrency exchange. All four fraudulently obtained and laundered Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies worth tens of millions of pounds from the exchange platform.

UK Puts Four Crypto Offenders in Jail

The four perpetrators, Stephen William Boys - 58, Kelly Caton - 44, Jordan Kane Robinson - 23, and James Austin-Beddoes - 27, were associates of Blackpool-based James Parker, who was the mastermind of the fraudulent conspiracy pulled off between October 2017 and January 2018. He identified and exploited a loophole in the cryptocurrency trading platform, allowing him and his associates to siphon off £21 million. Parker died in January 2021 before criminal prosecutions against him could start.

According to the court documents, Parker fraudulently withdrew crypto assets worth £15 million from his crypto exchange account, whereas his two associates, Caton and Robinson, withdrew £2.7 million and £1.7 million, respectively. Boys was Parker’s financial advisor and worked with a UK national based in Dubai to convert the cryptocurrencies into cash and launder them using various foreign-based online accounts.

Check out the iFX EXPO International 2021 session on "Future of Crypto: Between Regulatory Scrutiny and Product Evolution."

Prosecutor Are Cracking Down on Crypto Crimes

“These offenders used the internet from the comfort of their own homes to obtain tens of millions of pounds worth of Bitcoin which did not belong to them. Cyber-enabled crime presents an increasing threat to international economic stability, as well as to honest individual investors in cryptocurrency,” said Jonathan Kelleher, a Special Prosecutor at the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service.

The prosecutors are now in the process of recovering the ill-gotten proceeds of Parker. Moreover, the official announcement highlighted that a very “significant amount” of the laundered assets have already been recovered on behalf of the Aussie exchange.

Recently, the US prosecutors pressed charges and arrested Avraham Eisenberg for draining over $110 million in digital assets from the decentralized crypto exchange, Mango Markets. Furthermore, the CFTC brought charges against Eisenberg, making it the agency’s first enforcement action against a decentralized platform offender.

A UK Court has sentenced four fraudsters to 15 years in jail for their involvement in making a loss of £21 million to an Australian cryptocurrency exchange. All four fraudulently obtained and laundered Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies worth tens of millions of pounds from the exchange platform.

UK Puts Four Crypto Offenders in Jail

The four perpetrators, Stephen William Boys - 58, Kelly Caton - 44, Jordan Kane Robinson - 23, and James Austin-Beddoes - 27, were associates of Blackpool-based James Parker, who was the mastermind of the fraudulent conspiracy pulled off between October 2017 and January 2018. He identified and exploited a loophole in the cryptocurrency trading platform, allowing him and his associates to siphon off £21 million. Parker died in January 2021 before criminal prosecutions against him could start.

According to the court documents, Parker fraudulently withdrew crypto assets worth £15 million from his crypto exchange account, whereas his two associates, Caton and Robinson, withdrew £2.7 million and £1.7 million, respectively. Boys was Parker’s financial advisor and worked with a UK national based in Dubai to convert the cryptocurrencies into cash and launder them using various foreign-based online accounts.

Check out the iFX EXPO International 2021 session on "Future of Crypto: Between Regulatory Scrutiny and Product Evolution."

Prosecutor Are Cracking Down on Crypto Crimes

“These offenders used the internet from the comfort of their own homes to obtain tens of millions of pounds worth of Bitcoin which did not belong to them. Cyber-enabled crime presents an increasing threat to international economic stability, as well as to honest individual investors in cryptocurrency,” said Jonathan Kelleher, a Special Prosecutor at the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service.

The prosecutors are now in the process of recovering the ill-gotten proceeds of Parker. Moreover, the official announcement highlighted that a very “significant amount” of the laundered assets have already been recovered on behalf of the Aussie exchange.

Recently, the US prosecutors pressed charges and arrested Avraham Eisenberg for draining over $110 million in digital assets from the decentralized crypto exchange, Mango Markets. Furthermore, the CFTC brought charges against Eisenberg, making it the agency’s first enforcement action against a decentralized platform offender.

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