Terra ecosystem collapses, Sam Bankman-Fried buys Robinhood stock, and crypto trader receives jail sentence for a ponzi scheme: Hodler’s Digest, May 8-14

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Breaking: Terra blockchain officially halted following LUNA price collapse This week, news about the Terra ecosystem dominated the headlines after algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) lost its peg to the U.S. dollar — and continued to crash.  At its lowest point during the week, UST fell…

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Russian man gets three-year sentence for stealing a friend’s mining rig

Authorities from Russia’s Zavolzhsky district have found a 34-year-old local man guilty of stealing cryptocurrency mining equipment worth more than 1.6 million rubles (nearly $22,000). According to the report shared by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Yaroslavl Region, the state prosecutor confirmed that the Yaroslavl resident was found entering a friend’s garage unlawfully back in Feb. 2021 and stealing their mining equipment that was intended to be used for earning cryptocurrency. The authorities found the Russian man to be guilty of committing a crime, citing large-scale theft of property and…

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Vinnik’s attorney appeals against 5-year prison sentence

The defense team of Alexander Vinnik, an alleged Bitcoin launderer who was sentenced to a five-year prison term, disagrees with the court’s decision. According to a Dec. 18 report by Russian news agency Kommersant, Vinnik’s attorney Frederic Belot has appealed the French court’s judgement, arguing that the defendant was not involved in any money laundering operations. Citing a Dec. 6 judgement charging Vinnik for “money laundering as part of an organized criminal group,” Belot emphasized that no “criminal group” consists of one person. “The court did not name a single name…

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Prosecutors seek harsh sentence for fraudster behind celeb-spruiked ICO

U.S. federal prosecutors are pushing for a heavy prison sentence to be levied against one of the founders of Centra Tech — the company behind a notorious initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 that was promoted by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather and musician DJ Khaled. In a government sentencing submission filed on Oct. 31, the government requested that U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield sentence Centra Tech co-founder Robert Joseph Farkas to “a substantial term of imprisonment” to deter other fraudster’s from conducting unlawful ICOs. “While legitimate ICOs represent a new…

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US Woman Funding ISIS With Bitcoin Gets 13-Year Jail Sentence

A United States federal court has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 13 years in jail for laundering money for ISIS using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Per a Department of Justice announcement on March 13, Zoobia Shahnaz of Long Island received a 13-year sentence for working to fund the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham through cryptocurrency payments amounting to over $150,000. She also worked to move to Syria to become a member of ISIS. Fraudulent loans for financing To raise the funds, Shahnaz allegedly defrauded major banks including American Express,…

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