China arrests 63 people for laundering $1.7 billion with crypto
Chinese authorities have arrested a 63-person gang for laundering 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) using crypto.
According local media reportsthe Horqin branch of the public Security The office of Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, revealed that it had successfully eliminated the money laundering gang.
The gang was investigated for 3 months
Horqin branch police first became interested in the gang after the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Public Security Department warned of abnormal capital flow for Shi Mouyuan’s construction bank card .
Further investigations showed that the gang had spread to several provinces and cities. Some members of the gang have even been arrested in distant Thailand.
It took the 230-police task force three months to travel through 17 provinces, cities and autonomous regions before they were able to arrest the 63 suspects, including leaders Zhang and Ji.
Authorities also disclosed that the gang has been operating since May 2021 and has generated illicit funds through fraud, pyramid schemes, gambling and other illicit activities. The gang then used crypto assets to launder their illicit wealth.
China previously arrested 93 suspects
This is not the first time that Chinese authorities have caught criminal gangs laundering funds with cryptocurrencies. A few months ago, the Hengyang County Public Security Bureau stopped a gang that laundered 40 million yuan using crypto.
The gang, active since 2018, has been involved in more than 300 wire fraud cases with victims, including county public security bureau director Liu Xialong. There were 93 suspects arrested in the case.
This shows the prevalence crypto-related crimes in the country and explains the government’s anti-crypto stance. But even a government crackdown has not been able to eliminate the use of cryptocurrency or Bitcoin mining in the country.
The use of cryptography for criminal activities has dropped
Meanwhile, the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for criminal activity has plummeted this year, according to data from On-chain analysis. Illegal activity involving cryptocurrencies fell 15% in July 2022, and overall scam revenue fell 65%.
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