A Breton arrested in New York for a fraud of 3 million dollars [Exclusif] – Brittany

Information quickly circulated on specialized information networks: the arrest in the United States, on January 5, 2023, of a 24-year-old Frenchman, suspected of being the source of a $3 million cryptocurrency fraud. The suspect, Aurélien Michel, was arrested by Homeland Security agents at JFK airport in New York as he attempted to return to the United Arab Emirates where he lives.

In Brittany, the young man is not completely unknown. The son of Guinean footballer Coco Michel, he has? he played at several clubs, including Guingamp and Lannion. In 2017, he announced that he was leaving football to devote himself to “ a business career “.

“carpet pull”

The scam Breton would be involved in is relatively technical: it involves a collection of NFTs called Mutant Ape Planet. This would have allowed him to collect $2.9 million at the expense of his community. one” carpet sweater in cryptocurrency jargon. In short: a theft that consists in the disappearance of the organizer with the money of its investors.

(Planet of the Mutant Apes)

Aurélien Michel appeared before a New York judge on January 5, 2023. His arrest had been authorized by the Honorable Judge James R. Cho the day before, based on arguments brought by the Homeland Security special agent in charge of the investigation. He is accused of, between December 2021 and December 2022, “willfully creating a scheme or artifice to defraud individual holders of cryptocurrencies, in order to obtain from them money or goods by means of one or more pretenses, false material representations and fraudulent. and promises”, the official document details.

Special Agent Kayla Blades explained to the judge that she specializes in investigating cryptocurrency fraud and in particular the mysterious “immutable tokens.” It is a “task force” dedicated to the investigation of the dark web, which became interested in Mutant Ape Planet in April of 2022. The established investigation, provides the special agent to justify the arrest of the Frenchman, that he entered 2.9 million dollars to his account, after promising his community that they would receive “subsequent benefits and rewards, as well as exclusive access to other cryptocurrency assets.”

With the EAG jersey on his Twitter account

Investigators have collected numerical clues to identify the suspect and confuse him. The special agent points out that the person arrested is indeed the same one who opened the Twitter account @aureiienmichou in 2014, where the young man poses for a profile picture in his En Avant Guingamp jersey. He also writes that “During a social media discussion with current and potential buyers, Michel admitted to embezzling funds, but blamed his actions on the NFT buyer community, stating, “We never intended to embezzle funds, but the community it has become very toxic.

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