FBI Arrests Russian Rapper for Crypto Laundering After Flaunting Wealth on Instagram

  • The FBI arrested Russian rapper Maxim Boyko on charges related to cryptocurrency laundering.
  • Authorities say Boyko, who has ties to now-defunct exchange BTC-e, was flaunting "substantial" sums of money on social media.

The Federal Burea of Investigation (FBI) has arrested a Russian rapper in the United States on charges of cryptocurrency laundering. 

According to a report by The Moscow Times, authorities arrested Maxim Boyko, 29, in a Miami condo on Friday. Boyko first came to the US with his wife and January and told customs agents his earnings came from bitcoin investments and rental properties in Russa. Boyko also operated several social media pages promoting himself as a rap artist under the alias Plinoffiical. 

The report claims Boyko’s Instagram page showed him flashing large sums of money, giving authorities a tip-off. 

In a request for an arrest warrant on Mar. 27, an FBI agent wrote, 

[Boyko’s] Instagram social media and Apple iCloud accounts include photographs of him with substantial sums of U.S. and foreign currencies dating back as far as 2015.

Authorities were able to trace the Russian rapper’s iCloud account to now-defunct crypto exchange BTC-e. According to the report, Boyko’s account had received almost $388,000 and withdrawn 136 bitcoin until the exchange was seized by authorities in mid-2017. 

The FBI alleges that Boyko is linked to an organized crime group by the name QQAAZZ which has facilitated the theft of “tens of millions of dollars.”

Boyko faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. 

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Tim Draper Reveals He Owns Cryptocurrencies Other Than Bitcoin

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  • American venture capitalist Tim Draper revealed owning more crypto-assets than just bitcoin.
  • Draper expects the value of bitcoin to increase as a result of the Federal Reserve's money-printing tactics. 

American venture capitalist and bitcoin bull Tim Draper claims to own “a lot of other cryptocurrencies” in addition to BTC. 

Speaking in a recent interview with British entrepreneur Rob Moore, Draper claimed that his diversified portfolio in crypto-assets had led to him being “surprisingly up” despite the economic impact of the coronavirus. 

He said, 

You know, when I played Monopoly, I never showed anybody how much money I had so so that you're not gonna get an up or down.

Draper also criticized the U.S. Federal Reserve’s money-printing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said would lead to the dollar crashing in value. He claimed the impact of the falling dollar would drive more value into bitcoin. 

He said, 

There are only 21 million of them and they are going to be more and more valuable as you see governments have less and less.

Draper continued, saying his experience working as a venture capitalist and interviewing entrepreneurs has given him a “pretty good view” of what the future is going to look like. He expects governments to move towards decentralization in a competition for their own citizens. 

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