The PF is seeking the kidnapping of R$ 910 million and 17 properties

The Federal Police (PF) has asked the 23rd Federal Court of Curitiba to seize BRL 910 million in cash and 17 properties belonging to businessman Francisley Valdevin da Silva, known as Sheik dos Bitcoins. The operator’s financial empire was built thanks to a multi-million dollar money laundering business from a cryptocurrency investment pyramid scheme.

Just one of the Sheikh’s palaces, built in Santa Catarina, is valued at R$64.5 million. On the desk used by the respondents, federal police seized R$166,500, US$6,450, along with 840 Mexican pesos. The investigation is the main target of Operation Poyais, launched by the PF this Thursday morning (June 10).

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.

See the pictures of the villa:

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sauna and jacuzzi

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.

For the newspaper O Globo, lawyer Antônio Goto, who represents the network of sellers of operations commanded by Francis, said 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.

A confirmation obtained by a Rio de Janeiro newspaper shows that the property is 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.

Investigation

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:

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