April 17, 2024

U.S. Attorney Announces Fraud And Money Laundering Charges Against Additional Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme Promoters | USAO-SDNY

U.S. Attorney Announces Fraud And Money Laundering Charges Against Additional Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme Promoters | USAO-SDNY

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, introduced the arrest in Spain of NESTOR NUÑEZ, a/k/a “Salvador Molina,” on December 28, 2022, on fraud charges and the surrender of RAMON PEREZ on January 6, 2023, on fraud and money laundering fees.  The Federal government is in search of NUÑEZ’s extradition from Spain.  PEREZ was introduced earlier nowadays ahead of United States Magistrate Choose Sarah Netburn.  On December 14, 2022, U.S. Legal professional Damian Williams introduced legal expenses from FRANCISLEY DA SILVA, JUAN TACURI, and ANTONIA PEREZ HERNANDEZ in United States v. Francisley da Silva, et al., 22 Cr. 622 (AT).  Along with PEREZ and NUÑEZ, all of these defendants were being promoters of the cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme identified as Forcount.  The Silva subject has been assigned to United States District Decide Analisa Torres.

As alleged in the unsealed S2 Superseding Indictment and the unsealed S3 Superseding Indictment:[1]

 PEREZ defrauded Forcount’s target-buyers (“Victims”) and then sought to conceal his fraud by laundering Victim funds via shell businesses and by building big personalized expenditures, such as on true estate.  

In or about 2018, at the path of SILVA, NUÑEZ began presenting himself as Forcount’s CEO under the alias “Salvador Molina.”  In truth, NUÑEZ was an actor paid by SILVA to endorse Forcount.

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PEREZ, 40, of Orlando, Florida, is charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one particular depend of wire fraud, and a single rely of conspiracy to dedicate dollars laundering, each of which carry a most sentence of 20 years in jail.

NUÑEZ, 64, of Madrid, Spain, is billed with one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 1 depend of wire fraud, every single of which have a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.  

The statutory most penalties are prescribed by Congress and are supplied in this article for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be decided by a decide.       

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative get the job done of HSI New York, HSI Madrid, the New York Metropolis Police Department, the New York City Sheriff’s Workplace, the Florida Department of Economical Products and services, and the Florida Workplace of Economical Regulation.  Mr. Williams also thanked the Securities and Trade Fee, the Brazilian Federal Law enforcement, and the Spanish Guardia Civil for their support.  

The scenario is being dealt with by the Office’s Funds Laundering and Transnational Prison Enterprises Device.  Assistant U.S. Lawyer Benjamin A. Gianforti is in charge of this prosecution.

The costs contained in the Indictments are simply accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and until eventually proven guilty.

The United States Attorney’s Office environment for the Southern District of New York is committed to preserving the legal rights of crime victims.  If you think you are a target of the Forcount scheme, our Victim/Witness Device can make certain that you are notified of vital stages of these instances to support you physical exercise your rights.  In addition, our Target/Witness Unit is readily available to reply inquiries you could possibly have about these cases and can refer you to accessible means.

Wendy Olsen Clancy

Victim/Witness Coordinator

United States Attorney’s Business

One St. Andrew’s Plaza

New York, New York 10007

(866) 874-8900

[email protected]


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictments and the description of the Indictments established forth herein represent only allegations, and every single truth described need to be taken care of as an allegation.