‘Cherry Picking’ Crypto Scammer Receives Two-Year Prison Sentence

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United States authorities have sentenced a CEO of an investment firm to prison for orchestrating a fraudulent crypto scheme. In the crypto scam, known as ‘cherry picking,’ he collected funds from investors for trading but would only later decide whether to allocate the trades to the investors or himself based on their profitability.

“Kambolin defrauded investors located in the United States and abroad by, among other things, depriving them of profitable trades,” the statement declares.

Cherry Picking Crypto Scam

According to a statement released by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ), Peter Kambolin, CEO of Systematic Alpha Management was sentenced to two-years in prison for allegedly leading a crypto scam referred to as cherry picking.

“During the relevant period, Kambolin executed trades for pool participants together with trades he executed on behalf of his proprietary accounts, and fraudulently allocated the profits and losses of the trades to benefit his own accounts.”

Cherry-picking is a fraudulent scheme where an individual executes trades without attributing those trades to a particular trading account. This is not done until the individual determines whether or not the trade has become profitable or suffered losses.

However, Kambolin effectively monitored the performance of all trades throughout the day, selectively retaining the most profitable crypto trades for himself. Meanwhile, this allowed him to enjoy the advantages of risk-free trading, while his investors experienced losses.

Kambolin used the proceeds of the scheme to fund personal expenses. This included renting a beachfront apartment. Furthermore, transferring proceeds to foreign bank accounts his business partner controlled in Belarus and Dominica.

In November 2023, BeInCrypto reported that two individuals from Arizona were up for charges for their involvement in a crypto investment scheme

The indictment includes a total of 55 counts, encompassing charges of Wire Fraud and Transactional Money Laundering.

There was several companies under the pair’s name. One of them, Now Mining, offered “risk-free” investments in leases of Bitcoin mining machines allegedly located overseas.

Meanwhile, another, VIP Mining, involved direct investments in Bitcoin mining machines in Arizona.

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