US Sentences Man to 3 Years in Prison for Defrauding Investors in Crypto Mining Scheme

A U.S. district judge has sentenced a man to three years in prison in a fraudulent cryptocurrency mining scheme. The defendant “misappropriated his victims’ money and failed to provide them with the miners and miner-hosting services they had purchased from him,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Man Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Investors in Crypto Mining Scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that Chester (Chet) Stojanovich has been sentenced to three years in prison “for defrauding purchasers of cryptocurrency miners and miner-hosting services.” He pled guilty in November last year to one count of wire fraud.

The DOJ explained that from at least 2019 until his arrest in April 2022, Stojanovich “allegedly defrauded more than a dozen victims of more than $2 million through fraudulent misrepresentations that he would provide his customers with specialized cryptocurrency-mining computers (‘miners’) and miner-hosting services that would provide the victims with a lucrative stream of ‘hash power’ convertible into cryptocurrency.” The Justice Department added:

Instead, Stojanovich misappropriated his victims’ money and failed to provide them with the miners and miner-hosting services they had purchased from him.

Besides failing to provide the buyers with the cryptocurrency mining equipment and the hosting services they had bought, the DOJ said Stojanovich “employed deceptive practices to create the illusion that such miners had been acquired and were being used to provide hash power to those customers.”

Moreover, Stojanovich allegedly “misappropriated his customers’ funds and spent the funds on unrelated and personal expenditures, including chartered air flights, hotel rooms, limousines, and private parties,” the Department of Justice detailed. Noting that Stojanovich was sentenced on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, the DOJ concluded:

In addition to his prison sentence, Stojanovich … was sentenced today to three years of supervised release, forfeiture of $2,158,927, and restitution to his victims in the amount of $2,108,927.

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Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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