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India’s ED Freezes Bitcoin worth $1.5 Million in Money Laundering

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As part of its newest cash laundering probe, India’s Enforcement Directorate(ED) has frozen Bitcoin worth $1.5 Million ((Rs 12.8 Crore).

The official assertion informs that beneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), ED froze 77.6 bitcoins because it probed Aamir Khan and others linked to gaming app E-nuggets in its investigation.

ED declared that the frozen bitcoins have been first purchased on WazirX software earlier than transferring them to Binance. Note that it was on Binance that the belongings have been frozen.

The investigation was led by Park Street police in Kolkata, and has been occurring since February 15, 2021. The press assertion famous that Aamir Khan and his confederate, Nesar Ahmed Khan, launched E-Nuggets with the intention of defrauding customers.

ED revealed that after gathering a substantial amount of cash from the general public, withdrawal from the stated app was abruptly stopped on one pretext or the opposite.

ED said, “Thereafter, all data including profile information was wiped from the said app servers.”

The inquiry additional found that the accused had moved part of the quantity illegally earned through E-Nuggets abroad through the use of Crypto Exchange.

On digging deeper, it was discovered {that a} dummy account was created in the identify of Sima Naskar, the Proprietor of M/s Pixal Design, in the WazirX. This account was later used to buy the crypto belongings which in flip have been transferred to a different Binance account.

ED claimed, “The balance of said transferred crypto currencies i.e. 77.62710139 Bitcoins (equivalent to USD 1573466 i.e. Rs 12.83 Crore approximately) at Binance crypto exchange has been freezed.”

During a earlier investigation performed at Aamir Khan’s residential premises, a sum of Rs 17.32 Crore was discovered and seized.

ED concluded the search isn’t getting over anytime quickly, as additional inquiry remains to be beneath progress.

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