BitClub Network Founders Arrested For $722 Million Cryptocurrency Fraud Scheme

In breaking MLM Crpto-News today, the founders of Network were charged by a Grand Jury in the District of New Jersey with a count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Conspiracy to Offer & Sell Unregistered Securities. The founders of BitClub Network are: Matthew Brent Goettsche, Jobadiah Sinclair (Joby) Weeks, Joseph Frank (Joe) Abel

The case summery is as follows:

Defendants Goettsche and Weeks have been charged with conspiracy to engage in wire fraud in connection with their roles in BitClub Network.  From April 2014 through December 2019, BitClub Network was a fraudulent scheme that solicited money from investors in exchange for shares of purported cryptocurrency mining pools and rewarded investors for recruiting new investors into the scheme. Goettsche, Weeks, and others conspired together to solicit investment in BitClub Network through fraudulent means, including by providing false and misleading figures that BitClub investors were told were “bitcoin mining earnings” purportedly generated by BitClub Network’s bitcoin mining pool. Goettsche, Weeks, and others obtained the equivalent of at least $722 million from BitClub Network investors. 

Defendants Goettsche, Weeks, and Abel also conspired to sell BitClub Network shares—which were securities—notwithstanding that BitClub Network did not register the shares with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Weeks and Abel created videos and traveled around the United States and the world to promote “BitClub Network and recruit others to invest. 

If the alleged activities transpired as described in court records, then the defendants are facing prison time as well as the forfeiture of any and all property obtained by revenues earned from the alleged fraud.

The prosecution alleges in part that the following fraud has transpired between 2014 – 2019.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From April 2014 through December 2019, the defendants operated BitClub Network, a fraudulent scheme that solicited money from investors in exchange for shares of purported cryptocurrency mining pools and rewarded investors for recruiting new investors. Goettsche, Weeks, and others conspired to solicit investments in BitClub Network by providing false and misleading figures that BitClub investors were told were “bitcoin mining earnings,” purportedly generated by BitClub Network’s bitcoin mining pool. Goettsche discussed with his conspirators that their target audience would be “dumb” investors, referred to them as “sheep,” and said he was “building this whole model on the backs of idiots.” Goettsche directed others to manipulate the figures displayed as “mining earnings” during the course of the conspiracy.

For example, in February 2015, Goettsche directed another conspirator to “bump up the daily mining earnings starting today by 60%,” to which his conspirator warned “that is not sustainable, that is ponzi teritori [sic] and fast cash-out ponzi . . . but sure.” In September 2017, Goettsche sent an email to another conspirator in which he suggested that Bitclub Network “[d]rop mining earnings significantly starting now” so that he could “retire RAF!!! (rich as fuck).” Weeks sent an email in June 2017 to Goettsche and another conspirator in which he remarked that BitClub selling shares in BitClub and then not using the money to purchase mining equipment was “not right.” Goettsche, Weeks, and others obtained the equivalent of at least $722 million from BitClub Network investors. 
Goettsche, Weeks, Abel, and others also conspired to sell BitClub Network shares – which were securities – notwithstanding that BitClub Network did not register the shares with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Weeks and Abel created videos and traveled around the United States and the world to promote BitClub Network. In one video, a conspirator espoused that BitClub Network was “the most transparent company in the history of the world that I’ve ever seen.” In another video, Abel assured investors that BitClub Network was “too big to fail.” 

This story is just breaking and we will continue to follow for additional information.

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