A court in Russia’s Tatarstan region has denied the appeal of the founder involved in the alleged $1.5 billion Bitcoin Ponzi scheme.

According to Russian publication Inkazan, the Supreme Court of Tatarstan upheld the arrest in absentia of Marat Sabirov, the co-founder of Finiko, a company which the Bank of Russia put on its list as having signs of a pyramid scheme. The ruling proceeded without the physical presence of Sabirov in court.

 

According to blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis, deposits of more than $1.5 billion were allegedly made into Finiko between December 2019 and August 2021. Finiko operated mostly in Eastern Europe and predominantly in Russia and Ukraine.

A report indicates that deposits to the Ponzi scheme ranged between a minimum of 100,000 rubles ($1,360) and a maximum of 81 million rubles ($1.1 million). Participants were required to deposit either Bitcoin (BTC) or Tether (USDT) into the alleged Ponzi scheme that…

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