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Brazilian Federal Police Launch Operation Colossus, 6 Cryptocurrency Exchanges Involved

Brazilian Federal Police Launch Operation Colossus, 6 Cryptocurrency Exchanges InvolvedThe Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian tax authority have launched the final stage of “Operation Colossus,” a movement that has executed hundreds of court orders against cryptocurrency exchanges, arbitrage agents, and fake companies in four states of the country. 158 government officers, including 130 federal policemen, were involved in this operation, effecting search and […]

Brazilian Federal Police Launch Operation Colossus, 6 Cryptocurrency Exchanges Involved

The Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian tax authority have launched the final stage of “Operation Colossus,” a movement that has executed hundreds of court orders against cryptocurrency exchanges, arbitrage agents, and fake companies in four states of the country. 158 government officers, including 130 federal policemen, were involved in this operation, effecting search and seizure orders for six cryptocurrency exchanges and four forex institutions.

Operation Colossus Launched to Stop Crypto Money Laundering Operations

On September 22, The Federal Police of Brazil, with the help of the Brazilian tax authority, launched the final stage of Operation Colossus, an investigation with more than four years of history. The organizations executed more than 100 court orders directed at six cryptocurrency exchanges, four forex operators, and arbitrage agents suspected of aiding in money laundering operations.

It is estimated that 130 federal policemen participated in Operation Colossus, delivering two arrest warrants, and 37 search and seizure orders in four states of the country, including Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Sao Paolo, and Santa Catarina. 28 officers of the Brazilian tax authority were also involved in the effort.

The criminals allegedly used cryptocurrency assets to launder money via a remittance system. According to the press release issued by the Federal Police, close to $391 million were moved during suspicious exchange operations. The Federal Police stated:

Such resources entered and circulated through the official financial system, through shell companies, without economic and financial capacity, and passed through transit accounts until their conversion into cryptoassets that could be used abroad.

Modus Operandi and Similar Operations

Authorities believe that three groups were involved in this criminal endeavor. The first group is formed of high-level arbitrage agents, that purchased large quantities of cryptocurrency assets in countries like the U.S., Singapore, and Hong Kong. The second group is cryptocurrency exchanges, which acted as middlemen.

The third group is composed of fake companies and individuals that purchased these cryptocurrency assets, with many of the customers being unable to purchase cryptocurrencies. Among these were the deceased, people included in assistance programs, and elderly people over 90 years of age. More than 1,300 of these fake companies were managed by a single accountant.

This is one of the biggest crypto-related operations of its kind in the country, alongside others like operation Kryptos and operation Compliance, which were executed by government forces last year.

What do you think about Operation Colossus? Tell us in the comments section below.

Source: Regulation Archives – Bitcoin News

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Federal Energy Agencies’ Unwillingness to Act on White House’s Crypto Mining Recommendations Miffs US Lawmaker

Federal Energy Agencies’ Unwillingness to Act on White House’s Crypto Mining Recommendations Miffs US LawmakerJared Huffman, a United States lawmaker who advocates for increased scrutiny of crypto-mining entities, has reportedly chastised U.S. energy agencies that he accuses of failing to act on the White House’s call on them to do “reliability assessments of current and projected crypto-asset mining operations on electricity system reliability and adequacy.” However, a commissioner at […]

Federal Energy Agencies’ Unwillingness to Act on White House’s Crypto Mining Recommendations Miffs US Lawmaker

Jared Huffman, a United States lawmaker who advocates for increased scrutiny of crypto-mining entities, has reportedly chastised U.S. energy agencies that he accuses of failing to act on the White House’s call on them to do “reliability assessments of current and projected crypto-asset mining operations on electricity system reliability and adequacy.” However, a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Allison Clements, insists crypto mining should not be singled out from grid studies.

Agencies Reviewing White House Recommendations

Jared Huffman, a United States House of Representatives member, has reportedly queried some U.S. federal agencies’ unwillingness or reluctance to give their response to recommendations contained in a recently released White House report on cryptocurrency mining.

According to Huffman, a California representative and member of the Democratic Party, the Federal agencies’ silence could well mean “this problem [environmental damage allegedly caused by crypto mining] is potentially getting worse.”

As stated in a Bloomberg Law report, U.S. energy and environmental officials haven’t announced plans to pursue possible efficiency standards or to conduct energy use studies as demanded by the White House report. For instance, Costa Samaras, the principal assistant director for energy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, is quoted in the report acknowledging that agencies are yet to issue a response.

“Each agency is reviewing the recommendations, and will announce commitments as part of their own process and timeline,” Samaras reportedly said.

On the other hand, Samaras’ counterparts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Commission (NAERC) insisted they already have safeguards in place should a grid shortfall occur hence there is no plan to do a reliability assessment specifically for cryptocurrency.

Crypto Mining Should Not Be Singled Out From Grid Studies

In its report, titled ‘Climate and Energy Implications of Crypto Assets in the United States,’ the White House said both the FERC and NAERC along with regional entities “should conduct reliability assessments of current and projected crypto-asset mining operations on electricity system reliability and adequacy.”

The White House report also implored agencies responsible for collecting energy information to “consider collecting and analyzing information from crypto-asset miners and electric utilities in a privacy-preserving manner to enable evidence-based decisions on the energy and climate implications of crypto assets.”

Unimpressed by the agencies’ justifications, Huffman, who has campaigned for greater scrutiny of crypto mining facilities, warned he will be forced to take action if nothing is done. He said:

If I don’t hear from them in the next few weeks, I’m certainly going to pick up the phone and find out what’s going on.

Meanwhile, Huffman’s fellow Democrat and a commissioner at the FERC, Allison Clements, is quoted in the Bloomberg Law report insisting that crypto mining should not be singled out from grid studies.

“It’s unclear to me that an individual reliability assessment related to cryptocurrency mining, which happens in places, should be separated out from general reliability planning of any particular node, any service territory, any region, any interconnect,” Clements reportedly said.

The FERC commissioner added that while crypto mining is something that is on the agency’s radar, she did not have “anything to report, relative to anything coming up soon.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Regulation Archives – Bitcoin News

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