US Attorney Announces Fraud and Money Laundering Charges Against Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme Promoter.

Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the arrest in Spain of NESTOR NUÑEZ, a/k/a “Salvador Molina,” on December 28, 2022, on charges of fraud and extradition of RAMON PEREZ on January 6, 2023, on charges of fraud and money laundering. The government is seeking the extradition of NUÑEZ from Spain. PEREZ was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Sarah Netburn. On December 14, 2022, US Attorney Damian Williams announced criminal charges against FRANCISLEY DA SILVA, JUAN TACURI, and ANTONIA PEREZ HERNANDEZ in the. United States v. Francisley da Silva, et al., 22 Cr. 622 (AT). Along with PEREZ and NUÑEZ, they were all charged as promoters of the cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme known as Forcount. Of the Silva the case has been assigned to United States District Judge Analisa Torres.

As alleged in the unsealed S2 Superseding Indictment and the unsealed S3 Superseding Indictment:(1)

PEREZ defrauded Forcount’s investors (“Victims”) and then tried to hide his fraud by funneling the Victim’s money through shell companies and by making large personal investments yes, including real estate.

In or 2018, at the behest of SILVA, NUÑEZ began to present himself as the CEO of Forcount under the name “Salvador Molina.” In fact, NUÑEZ was an actor paid by SILVA to promote Forcount.

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PEREZ, 40, of Orlando, Florida, is charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and a single count of conspiracy to commit pecuniary damage, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

NUÑEZ, 64, of Madrid, Spain, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud, four Each of them was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The statutory maximum sentences are set by Congress and are provided here for information only, as any sentence of the accused will be determined by the judge.

He praised Mr. William’s outstanding investigative work by HSI New York, HSI Madrid, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Police Department, the Florida Department of Financial Services, and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Mr. also thanked Williams the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Brazilian Federal Police, and the Spanish Guardia Civil for their assistance.

The matter is being handled by the Office of the Money Laundering Office and the Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit. Assistant Attorney General Benjamin A. Gianforti is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Penalties are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York is dedicated to protecting the rights of criminals. If you believe you are a victim of the Forcount scheme, our Victim/Witness Unit can ensure that you are informed of the important aspects of these matters to help you exercise your rights. Additionally, our Victim/Witness Unit is available to answer your questions about these issues and can refer you to available resources.

Wendy Olsen Clancy

Victim/Witness Coordinator

United States Attorney’s Office

One St. Andrew’s Plaza

New York, New York 10007

(866) 874-8900

Wendy.Olsen@usdoj.gov


(1) As the introductory phrase indicates, the entire text of the Penalties and the description of the Penalties set forth herein are merely allegations. , and all the facts described shall constitute an allegation.

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