Jan 11, 2023 10:55 UTC
Jan 11, 2023 at 10:55 UTC
US Arrests’ Mutant Ape Planet’ NFT Creator in$ 3M’ Rug Pull’ Scheme to Defraud Crypto Investors
TheU.S. government has arrested and charged the creator of “ Mutant Ham Earth ”non-fungible commemoratives( NFTs) for allegedly defrauding crypto investors. “ The purchasers were ‘ rug pulled,’ ” the Department of Justice( DOJ) described, adding that millions of bones in cryptocurrency were diverted for the NFT creator’s particular benefits.
DOJ Takes Action Against NFT Rug Pull Scheme
The U.S. Department of Justice( DOJ) blazoned Thursday that Aurelien Michel has been charged with “ defrauding purchasers of ‘ Mutant Ape Planet’ NFTs, a type of digital asset, of further than$2.9 million in cryptocurrency. ”
The defendant is a French public abiding in the United Arab Emirates( UAE). He was arrested Wednesday at JohnF. Kennedy International Airport.
The Mutant Ape Planet( Chart) NFTs were retailed and vended with false pledges of multitudinous prices and benefits, including exclusive openings for fresh investments, comps, wares, and other prices, the DOJ detailed, evolving
After dealing out of the NFTs, the purchasers were ‘ rug pulled ’ Millions worth of the NFT purchasers ’ cryptocurrency was diverted for Michel’s particular benefit.
Mutant Ape Planet is a collection of 6,799 unique mutant hams that has no relationship with the popular wearied Ham Yacht Club, a different set of monkey- themed NFTs.
IvanJ. Arvelo, special agent in charge of Homeland Security examinations( HSI) in New York, described “ Aurelien Michel executed a ‘ rug pull ’ scheme – robbery nearly$ 3 million from investors for his own particular use. ”
The DOJ noted that “ in a social media converse with current and prospective purchasers, Michel admitted to the fraudulent ‘ rug pull, ’ but criticized the community of NFT purchasers for his conduct, stating, ‘ We noway intended to hairpiece but the community went way too poisonous.’ ”
While the Mutant Ape Planet NFT inventors “ promised to fund a community portmanteau for marketing, and would offer purchasers rubbish, comps, airdrops, and commemoratives with staking features, ” the DOJ said
The purchasers of the Mutant Ape Planet NFTs didn’t admit any of the promised benefits set out above.