Brazilian authorities seized $ 33 million in connection with a money laundering investigation involving cryptocurrency exchanges. The operation, which the Brazilian police referred to as the “Exchange Transaction”, involved six search warrants in different parts of the country. These searches were aimed at finding mailbox companies that were using cryptocurrency exchanges for alleged money laundering purposes.
Brazilian police seize $ 33 million in money laundering investigation
Brazilian authorities have seized $ 33 million belonging to mailbox companies that, according to reports by the Brazilian police, were using cryptocurrency exchanges for money laundering purposes. Brazilian courts issued six property search warrants associated with these letterbox companies in Diadema and the capital. These orders led to different account blocks for two natural and 17 legal persons.
The research found that several companies transacted large amounts of money with one another in order to deceive the authorities and then, through a crypto broker, converted those funds into cryptocurrency assets that cannot be linked to their original source. Some of these exchanges only operate with the support of these letterbox companies, according to the report by the Brazilian police.
The official report also states that this particular broker has handled large sums of money with at least 14 companies that are classified as fictitious or letterbox companies. However, the authorities did not name the stock exchanges or the letterbox companies involved in the investigation.
The police believe that the brokers under investigation, who do not require the minimum KYC checks from their customers and do not inquire about the origin of the funds made, are working with these letterbox companies to redirect black market funds in cryptocurrencies to make a profit. The Brazilian police stated that these operations were:
intends to transfer money to companies abroad with subsequent repatriation by simulating sales or service operations
The Brazilian authorities have been quick to respond to this type of crime using cryptocurrency investments and exchanges. This is the second cryptocurrency-related operation Brazilian authorities have completed in less than a month. The federal police have arrested Claudio Oliveira, known in Brazil as the “King of Bitcoin”, for allegedly participating in a $ 300 million fraud. His exchange simulated a hack that affected around 7,000 customers, according to the ongoing police investigation.
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