Luis Anderson, MU’s ex-midfielder, may face charges in his alleged connection with an organisation dealing in crypto fraud, Goal reports.
Crpytoshow is the ever-so catchy name of a search-and-seizure operation carried out by The Brazilian government just over a year ago. It resulted in eight people being accused of different forms of theft, money and property laundering, as well as cryptocurrency fraud.
Although their identities remain undisclosed, the prosecutor has confirmed that Luis Anderson, ex-midfielder to Manchester United, was affiliated with them. His involvement with the group is currently under investigation and has been going on for some time now.
In 2020, his flat in Porto Alegre was searched, resulting in the seizure of his personal computer. He is suspected of helping to launder about 35 million Brazilian reals (~£4.7 million).
The money, the prosecutor claims, was initially deposited on eleven accounts spanning four Brazilian banks and was later laundered by purchasing cryptocurrency both within and outside the Brazilian border.
In his statement, Anderson has confirmed that he has, indeed, been dealing in crypto. At the same time, he completely denied his affiliation with the group.
From his words, he’s been an investor since 2019, and at some point, he did sell some of his assets to one of the members of the group. However, he further claims that he had no idea about the illegal nature of the funds and therefore considers himself not an associate but a victim of the said individuals.
His lawyer, Julio Cezar Coitinho Junior, is sure he’ll be able to prove it.
For now, the footballer’s assets are under arrest. He’s currently residing in Turkey, where he’s been working as a manager at Adana Demirspor football club ever since he retired from football in 2020.
This is far from the first time celebrities have been mixed up in crypto shenanigans. Steven Seagal, for instance, turned out to be part of a crypto scam set up by Serbian nationalists. They used various forms of deception to get nearly 500 people to hand over their fiats and crypto, totaling $11 million (~£8 million) worth.
As for Anderson’s case, we only have to watch the story unfold as new details of the investigation come to the surface. Till then, stay tuned on CoinTribune.
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