The Man Behind Bitcoin’s $4.5 Million Ponzi Scheme Earns Lenient Sentence

Trendon Shavers, a 33 year aged Texas man, was condemned by Manhattan sovereign justice by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan for his “High Yield Investment Program” called Bitcoin Savings Trust. In further to a jail sentence, a decider also systematic him to repay $1.23 million to 48 investors.

Judge Kaplan pronounced Shavers, who went by Pirateat40 and advertised on a renouned forum BitcoinTalk.org, committed a critical crime though warranted tolerance by honest work to redress his indiscretion given his 2014 arrest. Shavers faced 40 years in prison, due to one count of handle fraud, before a Sep 2015 plea deal lowered a limit probable judgment to 41 months.

Shavers offering investors a 7 percent weekly lapse on their bitcoin deposits in his intrigue primarily dubbed First Pirate Savings Trust. Shavers left in Aug 2012 after claiming a account was too vast for him to manage.

Authorities indicted Shavers of receiving supports from new business to compensate out progressing customers, while promulgation supports to his personal bank, Dwolla, and Paypal accounts, as good as pre-paid credit cards.

Court papers denote Shavers used $220,000 in bitcoins and income from investors to compensate for his rent, automobile payments, groceries and



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