This Tuesday (12), the Federal Police arrested Michael de Souza Magno, accused of operating a bitcoin pyramid scheme. Magno would be a consultant to Glaidson Acácio dos Santos, the “pharaoh of bitcoins” – the two were denounced for fraud against the national financial system.
Magno had been on the run since September in Operation Kryptos II and, according to the Extra newspaper, was located in the interior of São Paulo aboard a Jaguar. Magno, who is married to actress Juliana Magno, was known as a “celebrity broker” and would have sold properties to famous actors.
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Santos owns GAS Consultoria, which promised 10% income from investments in cryptocurrencies. Besides them, according to the Federal Police and the Federal Public Ministry, the case of Tunay Pereira Lima and Marcia Pinto dos Anjos were arrested in the operation, on August 25th.
The G1 published an exchange of messages, intercepted with judicial authorization, in which Magno spoke of gains of R$ 2 billion per hour in the pyramid scheme. “An average of two billion per hour enters the company account,” he said.
In another wiretapping authorized by the Court, Magno says that Glaidson should leave the country.
According to MPF, Magno handled more than R$9.6 million between November 2020 and February 2021 in a single checking account.
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