This morning, millionaire dealer and famous Bitcoin skeptic Peter Schiff awoke to seek out his bank under renewed scrutiny as a result of a world felony investigation.
In keeping with reporting from Australian newspaper The Age and The New York Instances, the J5 — a joint activity power of tax authorities from main Western governments convened in the wake of the bombshell publication of the Panama Papers — have positioned “a whole lot” of accounts at Schiff’s Puerto Rico-based Euro Pacific Bank under investigation for tax evasion and different monetary crimes.
The experiences element what seems to be a comically inept group liable for harboring the fortunes of a solid of shady businessmen and criminals. Staff employed after a fast Google search screening have been tasked with attracting purchasers resembling Simon Antequetil, the famous Australian fraudster and tax avoidance maestro.
In an interview with The Age final month, Schiff denied wrongdoing on the a part of Euro Pacific, saying the bank “turns down much more accounts than we approve as a result of our compliance is so rigorous”.
He later stormed out of the interview.
However nestled amid the experiences is a key element which can shed some gentle on why Schiff has been such a virulent critic of the world’s hottest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.
From The Age:
“The bank’s safety was additionally an issue […] at one level, Russians tried to extort the bank for a ransom of 1000 bitcoins, value thousands and thousands of .”
Whereas Schiff was criticizing Bitcoin as early as 2013, the tried extortion scheme would possibly clarify why he’s been notably vocal as of late, most notably in a Twitter spat with Gemini co-founder Tyler Winklevoss.
Schiff has additionally demonstrated a historical past of paranoia relating to hacks, particularly cryptocurrency-related hacks. In July, Schiff augured that the hack of a number of Twitter accounts by an American teenager could be a “harbinger” for a Bitcoin hack, and in April he tweeted about “the potential for enhancements in know-how to hack the blockchain and counterfeit Bitcoin.”
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