New Delhi, Sep 28 (PTI) The Law Enforcement Directorate said on Wednesday that it froze bitcoins worth Rs 12.83 crore in a money laundering investigation against the promoter of a Kolkata-based mobile game app company who allegedly duped a number. of people.
The cryptocurrency worth 77.62710139 bitcoins is held on crypto exchange Binance and is owned by a person named Aamir Khan who owns a mobile gaming app called E-Nuggets, the federal polling agency said. in a press release.
The ED had raided the premises of the company and those of Khan and his father Nesar Ahmed Khan in Kolkata earlier this month and seized Rs 17.32 crore there.
Aamir Khan was arrested by the Kolkata Police Detective Department of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh last week.
The money laundering case stems from an FIR filed by Kolkata Police against the company and its promoters in February 2021. This FIR was registered at Park Street Police Station based on a complaint filed by Federal Bank authorities in a Kolkata court, the ED had said.
The agency discovered that Khan launched the E-Nuggets gambling app, which was designed to “fraud” the public. “After collecting a huge sum of money from the public, all of a sudden the takedown of the app was stopped under one pretext or another. Subsequently, all data including profile information , have been erased from said application servers,” ED said.
The accused was transferring part of the “illegally won” amount through the gambling app to overseas sites using a cryptocurrency exchange, according to the agency.
“It was discovered that one such fictitious account in the name of Sima Naskar (owner of Pixal Design) was opened in the crypto exchange WazirX, which was used to buy cryptocurrencies/crypto-assets. By Subsequently, said cryptocurrencies were then transferred to another account in another crypto exchange called Binance,” the ED said.
The balance of this crypto amount (77.62710139 Bitcoins) is equivalent to 15,73,466 USD or approximately Rs 12.83 crore kept in the Binance crypto exchange and which has been frozen, he said. PTI NES TDS TDS