23. The Federal Court of Curitiba approved the seizure of a villa valued at R$64.5 million in Santa Catarina, belonging to businessman Francisley Valdevin da Silva, known as “Sheik dos Bitcoins”.
The investigation is the main target of Operation Poyais, launched by the Federal Police (PF), this Thursday morning (10/6). The suspect would have committed crimes against the general economy and the Brazilian financial system, such as embezzlement and transnational money laundering, in addition to moving at least R$4 billion.
With seven floors, the summer house has 17 air-conditioned apartments, two presidential apartments, a cinema hall for 15 people, four dining rooms, one of which can accommodate 48 people, two wine cellars, a spa and an elevator.
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Outside, the property has a sports field, a 16-meter rock wall with climbing equipment, a covered garage for 12 cars, a sauna, a jacuzzi with panoramic views and a helipad. The residence, in Condomínio Recanto dos Mares, 50 km from Florianópolis, was even announced for sale.
Lawyer Antonio Goto, who represents the network of business sellers commanded by Francis, told O Globo newspaper that the sale of the house would serve to finance the recovery of the business and settle debts with investors. However, he emphasized that before that it is necessary to suspend the court blockades and that Francis da Silva has not yet finished paying for the property.
The confirmation obtained by O Globo shows that the property is held in the name of Two Inergalaxy Administradora de Imóveis, a company belonging to the Sheik dos Bitcoins group. The document reveals that the house was purchased for R$ 13 million in October 2020.
The investigations began in March 2022, after Interpol sent information and a passive request for international police cooperation to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), affiliated with one of the sections of the US Embassy in Brasilia.
In January 2022, Interpol notified the PF that an international company operating in the US and its general manager, Francisley Valdevin da Silva, were being investigated by the El Dorado Task Force, El Dorado Task Force, HSI in New York.
Silva would be involved in a multi-million dollar money laundering conspiracy, from a pyramid scheme investing in crypto assets.
Given the information and the request for international police cooperation, investigations began in Curitiba. The first investigations revealed that the Brazilian had more than 100 open companies in the country and that his business group would harm domestic and foreign investors.
In the searches carried out on Thursday, the police confiscated luxury cars, large amounts of cash, gold bars, safes, imported clothing, along with computers and documents.
See the property of those investigated and the items seized in the action: