Bitcoin Scam Optioment – Criminal Charges filed against 3 Austrians

Austrian authorities asked Interpol to support them track down suspects in the Optioment Bitcoin scam that blew up last year and may have hit hundreds of investors. The prosecutors’ office in Vienna is confronted with “hundreds of complaints” about the Optioment scheme that have been filed at police stations across the country, and which add to a warning by financial watchdog FMA, spokeswoman Christina Ratz said by telephone. Die Presse earlier reported that the total number of victims could exceed 10,000 and that as many as 12,000 Bitcoins ($115 million) may have been lost.

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Federal police identified two people in Austria who are accused of fraud in the complaints, and are seeking to identify several others, including some abroad, Ratz said. Austrian police asked the Interpol agency to investigate additional suspects in Denmark, Latvia and Germany. She declined to identify the suspects. No arrests have been made. [/pms-restrict]