Nestor Nunez, a 64-year-old Spanish national accused with the crimes, was allegedly paid to pose as the CEO of Forcount under the alias "Salvador Molina."
Two more Forcount Ponzi scheme promoters have been detained and charged with fraud for their claimed involvement in the alleged scam, which conned Spanish-speaking investors worldwide out of a total of $8.4 million. Forcount is a Brazilian cryptocurrency hoax.
Ramon Perez, 40, a citizen of the United States, turned himself in to authorities in Orlando on Friday. Nestor Nunez, 64, a citizen of Spain, was detained in Spain on December 28. Nunez is currently wanted by the DOJ for extradition so that he can answer to charges in the US.
In the alleged scam, Perez is charged with deceiving prospective investors and concealing his crime by using shell businesses and real estate to launder the funds. Nunez, using the identity "Salvador Molina," was allegedly hired by the alleged scheme's real mastermind, Brazilian national Francisley Da Silva, to pose as Forcount's CEO.
The U.S. has already accused Da Silva and three other Forcount founders and promoters—Juan Antonio Tacuri Fajardo, Ramon Antonio Perez Arias, and Jose Ramiro Coronado Reyes—of securities offenses. Commission for Securities and Exchange (SEC). Additionally charged with crimes are Da Silva and Fajardo.
The alleged plan, which allegedly took place between 2017 and 2021, allegedly employed a network of promoters to persuade investors to engage in a platform that offered significant profits based on profit sharing from fictitious mining and trading activities.
A criminal indictment in the case claims that Da Silva and his associates wasted customer money while the majority of victims lost their whole investments on luxuries for themselves and advertising for the alleged scam.
One case of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering were brought against Perez. The maximum punishment for him is 60 years in prison.
Nunez faces a possible sentence of 40 years in prison after being charged with one count each of conspiracy to conduct wire fraud and wire fraud.