According to Polish media reports, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex recently saw roughly $380 million get seized from an account it held in a small bank in Poland, the Cooperative Bank in Skierniewice.
The money was seized as part of an ongoing intrnational investigation, according to reports. The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was scammed while building the country’s embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An ongoing investigation into the case led to a company, whose “president is of a Canadian Panamanian descent.”
While analyzing this company’s’ connections, investigators found a “man with citizenship of Colombia and Panama,” associated with a large cryptocurrency exchange, according to tvp.info. While this news outlet does not name Bitfinex, it claims “millions of these operations flowed through small Cooperative Bank in Łódź Voivodship.” Bitfinex is believed to have a bank account with a ban located in Skierniewice, a town in Łódź Voivodship.
Per Polish news outlets, a chain of companies was being created. These were used to “hide money from smuggling cocaine to Europe. The companies were also used for large scale scams.” Bitfinex was seemingly involved in these operations as criminals used it to launder money by exchanging it for cryptocurrencies.
A popular tech publication in Poland, Spider’s Web, does name Bitfinex itself. It reports (roughly translated):“Our unofficial information shows that it is about Bitfinex. The Polish prosecutor’s office has not raised any charges yet, and due to the international dimension of the case, the Central Investigation Office cooperates with Europol and Interpol.”
On Reddit, users managed to uncover that Polish cryptocurrency enthusiasts who use Bitfinex claim to have been interrogated by Polish police. One of them, according to a rough translation, stated:“I testified as a witness regarding the case of Crypto sp z o.o...