The fugitive developer of a FarmVille-inspired online game is set to face fraud charges in Turkey after being extradited by authorities in Brazil, where he was on the run over allegations of running a $130-million Ponzi scheme. Mehmet Aydin, the 29-year-old founder of the once-popular Farm Bank game that shut in early 2018, is being returned to Turkey on Saturday, deputy interior minister Ismail Catakli said.
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One of Aydin’s defense attorneys, Fatih Kus, said his client turned himself in to the Turkish consulate in Sao Paulo earlier this week out of fear for his life. Aydin sent a video shortly before his surrender to Turkish newspaper Sozcu, where he promised to prove his innocence in court. Aydin had no intention of building a Ponzi, or pyramid, scheme when he set up Farm Bank, Kus told Bloomberg by phone on Friday.
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