Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán may be a “tunnel specialist” and leader of the Sinaloa cartel, but he ended up behind bars. The drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero also suffered the same fate after his arrest on July 15 in Mexico. This is to tell you that “everything has an end”. And this law does not spare crypto scammers who think they will disappear permanently from this world with all the money amassed on their platform. Recently, we learned that the founder of Thodex, Faruk Fatih Özer, is no longer on the loose. The latter would be the source of several liters of tears after having scammed nearly 400,000 investors.
Thodex CEO arrested in Albania
Yesterday, the Turkish government announced that Faruk Fatih Özer is no longer on the run.
” The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Albania informed Interior Minister Süleyman Soylo in the morning that the founder of Thodex, the fugitive Faruk Fatih Özer, wanted with a red notice [d’Interpol]was arrested in the Vlora district of Albania “, had written CapitateI.
He who had announced a return in a few days finally took off with the equivalent of $2 billion in cryptocurrencies. Would he have problems with mathematics to the point of making the wrong calculation of duration? Because the ” A few days mentioned in April 2021 are currently worth more than 480 days.
It has been almost 16 months of disappearance for the CEO of Thodex, and certainly days of regret and tears for the victims. Note that this Turkish exchange had around 400,000 users, including 390,000 active traders at the time. These would have bitterly experienced the sudden disappearance of Faruk Özer, coupled with the definitive cessation of negotiations on the platform, on April 20, 2021.
According to Albanian authorities, the crypto scammer was arrested in a hotel located in Himara, a small town in southern Albania. For the local police, it was a good catch as they also apprehended two other people close to Özer at the same time.
Of course, property belonging to the band has been seized on occasion: laptops, bank cards, cell phones, etc. Hopefully these materials will contain leads to find the stolen jackpot.
A promise of temporary suspension of Thodex
Coindesk closely followed this Turkish exchange affair which became inaccessible a year and 4 months ago. Thus, we learned from this crypto media that there had indeed been a temporary suspension of trading on the platform.
As an excuse, the administrators of Thodex had evoked an interruption due to a search for new partners for a possible improvement of the offer. It was then that exchange boss Özer promised this:
” I will return to Turkey in a few days and cooperate with the judicial authorities so that the truth comes out. »
On the site, his team had even published a statement stating that:
” World-renowned banks and fund companies, whose names we will announce when the agreement process is completed, have wanted to invest in our company for a long time and have made a partnership proposal. In order to better serve you, it has been decided to positively evaluate this partnership offer. In order for this process to be completed, the transactions must be stopped and the transfer process must be completed. »
This kind of message could have reassured most Thodex users, but not Cedric Gerard. He indeed launched an alert on Twitter a few days before the final closure of the platform.
” Have you looked at the Turkish exchange Thodex? They sell Doge 30% below the market price, and withhold coins when you try to collect them. Sounds like an escape strategy? Does all this coincide with the doge pump? They traded over $500 million worth of DOGE in 24 hours. »
Ruja Ignatova, the founder of OneCoin still free?
This whole story reminds us of Ruta Ignatova, whom the FBI continues to hunt at the moment. Although a bounty has been put on her head at $100,000, the founder of OneCoin Ltd has yet to be arrested with the $4 billion arrested.
But she will also have to remember that ” Everything comes to an end “. Did Faruk Fatih Özer foresee such a quick arrest in these summer days on the Ionian coast? Attention all scammers!
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