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Crypto Ponzi Scheme Co-Founders Convicted in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Case

David Brend and Gustavo Rodriguez have been convicted of fraud due to their involvement in IcomTech, a crypto ponzi scheme.

This case indeed highlights the dangerous nature of fraudulent crypto investments.

How IcomTech Operated?

Launched in 2018, IcomTech was marketed as a crypto mining ↗ and trading enterprise. David Carmona, the brain behind the crypto ponzi ↗ operation, recruited Rodriguez to develop the website.

Consequently, they promised substantial returns to investors, leading many into a financial trap ↗. These investment products, however, turned out to be part of a larger deceit.

Additionally, Brend and his accomplices hosted grand events to attract investment. They flaunted luxury and success, misleading investors about the firm’s legitimacy. The scammers meticulously crafted this facade to obscure the fact that they did not conduct a real business.

Investors, lured by the promise of profit, faced a harsh reality. The gains shown on IcomTech’s portal were fictitious. The capital invested by many vanished, enriching the scheme’s promoters instead.

“IcomTech defrauded tens of thousands of people out of tens of millions of dollars. It offered the false promise of easy riches based on supposed cryptocurrency investments but wound up cheating working people out of their hard-earned money,” US Attorney Damian Williams said ↗.

Read more: Top Cryptocurrency Scams in 2024 ↗

To sustain the illusion, IcomTech introduced “Icoms,” tokens purportedly valuable in the future. This move only prolonged the inevitable collapse, leaving investors with significant financial losses.

The conviction echoes the case of Bitcoin Fog co-founder Roman Sterlingov ↗. Sterlingov was found guilty of laundering money ↗through his service, which concealed the origin of illicit Bitcoin ↗.

Sterlingov’s operation, which involved nearly $400 million in illegal transactions, showcases the dark side of crypto. Like Brend and Rodriguez, his conviction warns about the crypto industry’s potential pitfalls.

Read more: 15 Most Common Crypto Scams To Look Out For ↗

These legal actions underscore the need for caution in the cryptocurrency market. They also highlight the necessity for robust regulatory measures ↗ to prevent such fraudulent activities. Indeed, investors must remain vigilant, and the legal system must continue its crackdown on fraudsters exploiting this new financial frontier.

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