US v. Luiz C. Capuci, Jr.
United States v. Luiz Carlos Capuci Jr. (22-20173-CR-Altonaga)
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Court Assigned: This case is assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Wilkie D. Ferguson Federal Courthouse, 400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Fl 33128. The assigned judge is Chief U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga.
Summary of Offenses:
As alleged in court documents, Luiz Capuci Jr. was the CEO and founder of Mining Capital Coin (MCC). Capuci has been accused of misleading investors about MCC’s cryptocurrency mining and investment program. Under this program, investors could invest in MCC by purchasing “Mining Packages.” These “Mining Packages” were supposed to be a safe, profitable investment that involved MCC using thousands of cryptocurrency mining machines to mine cryptocurrency and create sustained and reliable profits for investors. MCC also promoted its supposed cryptocurrency trading and Forex trading capabilities, using enhanced robot technology, as mechanisms to create additional profits for investors. Capuci and his associates promoted MCC’s supposed international network of cryptocurrency mining machines as being able to generate substantial profits and guaranteed returns by using investors’ money to mine new cryptocurrency. Capuci also promoted MCC’s own cryptocurrency, Capital Coin, as a purported decentralized autonomous organization that was “stabilized by revenue from the biggest cryptocurrency mining operation in the world.” Capuci and his associates relied on promoters, or “leaders” to recruit investors to invest in MCC’s cryptocurrency mining and investment program. After investors invested their money, they would learn that they could not generally withdraw any funds that they had invested and supposedly earned through MCC.
Scheduled Court Hearings:
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