62 People Were Arrested In Turkey Connected To Thodex Exchange Heist

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About 62 people were arrested in Turkey with affiliation to Thodex crypto exchange whose founder reportedly fled the country with about $2 billion so let’s check up on the update in today’s crypto news.

Shortly after launching the investigation against Turkey’s notorious crypto exchange, Thodex, the Turkish police authorities arrested 62 people that were connected to the exchange. At the same time, reports emerged that the founder and CEO of the exchange vowed to refund the users and return to the country to face justice. As per the reports, the development from Turkey claimed that the third biggest exchange closed its doors, and the founder and the CEO of the company fled the country with about $2 billion in customers’ funds.

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Local authorities also launched an investigation that led to the latest arrests. In the action, 62 people were arrested including people from eight different cities. However, about 16 people are still at large as the chief public prosecutor’s office issued detention warrants for 78 suspects of the alleged connections to the platform. What’s more it, the police seized an undisclosed amount of digital materials and documents and the financial crimes regulator of the country blocked all bank accounts based in Turkey with more affiliations to the exchange.

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As mentioned above, Faruk Fatih Ozer who is the chief executive officer and founder of Thodex, fled the country with about $2 billion, and the lawyer who filed a criminal complaint against him, Abdullah Usame Ceran alleged him with aggravated fraud. However, the reports that Ozer released a statement from an unknown location indicating a change of plans. In it, the notorious founder of the popular exchange said that he will reimburse all of the customers. Furthermore, he promised that he will return to Turkey to face justice but Ozen failed to specify the date when that will be exactly.

The news were quite disturbing for crypto investors which came amid the country’s attempts to reduce cryptocurrencies’ alleged involvement in illicit activities and the government said it will ban users from employing the digital assets as payment instruments from April 30th.

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As reported a day ago, The Turkish exchange halted trading overnight and according to reports, a billion-dollar rug pull could be in question with the locked-up funds standing between $2 and 10 billion. Turkish crypto exchange Thodex halted trading this morning without any notice before locked up funds of 391,000 active traders.

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