Blockparty Co-Founder Stole $1 Million in Bitcoin and Cash From Company, FBI Alleges

The FBI immediately arrested and charged the co-founder of blockchain occasion startup Blockparty for swindling $1 million in money and crypto from the corporate to spend on luxurious items. 

Rikesh Thapa, 28, who was Blockparty’s CTO from 2017 to 2019, stole 10 Bitcoin from the corporate and falsified buying and selling information to cowl his tracks, the Department of Justice alleged on Wednesday.

Thapa can be charged with embezzling $1 million in money. The DOJ claims that he agreed to carry the cash in his private checking account whereas the corporate checked out banking choices. Thapa later refused to present again the cash and as a substitute spent it on himself, authorities allege.

Thapa spent the stolen money on nightclubs, journey, and garments earlier than once more falsifying information to cover what he truly did with the cash, in keeping with the DOJ. 

Prosecutors additional allege that Thapa stole Blockparty’s utility tokens, arrange a gathering with would-be buyers, and satisfied them to present him money for the belongings—with out letting the corporate’s CEO know—so he might pocket the funding. 

“As we allege immediately, the defendant repeatedly stole from and defrauded the sufferer firm—which he co based—in order to fund an expensive private way of life,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll stated. 

Blockparty, an occasion ticketing protocol and NFT market, was launched in 2017 by Thapa together with Shiv Madan and Vladislav Ginzburg. 

Thapa, of San Diego, California, is charged with one rely of wire fraud, which carries a most sentence of 20 years in jail.

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