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Mar. 24 NFT Recap | DOJ Charges Frosties NFT Founders With Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

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Mar. 24 NFT Recap | DOJ Charges Frosties NFT Founders With Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

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DOJ Charges Frosties NFT Founders

The Department of Justice has charged Ethan Nguyen and Andre Llacuna, founders of Frosties NFT, with money laundering and wire fraud by U.S. prosecutors in possibly the first "rug pull" case. 

The two, who operate under the pseudonyms “Frostie, Jakefiftyeight, Jobo, Joboethan, Meltfrost" and “heyandre," are facing a potential sentence of 20 years in prison thanks to a scheme that defrauded investors of roughly $1M.  

In a statement released by the DOJ U.S. Attorney’s Office, prior to their arrest Nguyen and Llacuna were planning to "launch the sale of a second set of NFTs advertised as “Embers.”

The sale would have generated approximately $1.5M in cryptocurrency proceeds.

The legal case is founded on the abrupt abandonment of the Frosties NFT project that launched in January.

Prior to its launch, purchasers were told they would be eligible for rewards such as allowlist spots, access to a metaverse game, and other giveaways.

On Jan. 9, 2022 Nguyen and Llacuna sold out the project, and then deactivated the Frosties website while transferring out approximately $1.1M to various wallets in an apparent attempt to obstruct the tracing of their funds.

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