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Cryptocurrency fraud: 1,137 bitcoins lacking from wallets of cyber knowledgeable, ex-IPS officer

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PUNE The cyber cell of Pune police has contended that 1,300 bitcoins are lacking from the wallets of cyber knowledgeable Pankaj Ghode and former IPS officer Ravindra Patil in reference to the multicrore cryptocurrency fraud lodged at Shivajinagar cyber police station in Pune.

Deputy commissioner of police (EOW and cyber crime) Bhagyashree Navtake stated, “Patil has accepted that he took away 237 bitcoins. We seized cryptocurrency price Rs6 crore from him. From Ghode’s aspect, nearly 900 bitcoins are lacking. Each of them have truly siphoned off 1,137 bitcoins by way of cash laundering. Anonymity in blockchain makes it tough to search out the path.”

In response to the prevailing market charges on Saturday, one bitcoin was priced round 35.49 lakh. The Pune police had roped in two cyber consultants to assist them examine the 2,000 crore cryptocurrency rip-off involving its mastermind Amit Bharadwaj and his associates in two FIRs lodged at Nigdi and Dattawadi police stations in 2018.

In response to the newest FIR lodged in opposition to the cyber consultants, the police had assigned them the duty of recovering bitcoins from the wallets of the accused and shared knowledge with them. As a substitute, the duo transferred the recovered bitcoins into their private wallets and people of their associates.

They manipulated the screenshots of bitcoin restoration and submitted them as proof to the police as a part of their investigation report. The cyber police had arrested the duo from Pune and seized a variety of mobiles, MacBooks, laborious disks, tabs, laptops, CDs, and different objects from their possession on fees of stealing bitcoins for his or her monetary good points whereas aiding the police throughout investigation.

A case below Sections 409, 420, 465, 468, 471, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code together with Sections 66(c) of Data Know-how Act and Sections 3 and 4 of Maharashtra Safety of Curiosity of Depositors was lodged on the cyber police station. Following their arrest, the duo was remanded in police custody and despatched to judicial custody. Each of them have utilized for normal bail on the district court docket whereby the prosecution is predicted to file its say on Monday.

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