May 19, 2024
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Dutch Authorities Make Arrest in ZKasino Scam

Dutch authorities have detained a 26-year-old man suspected of involvement in the ZKasino online gambling platform scam. The Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) performed the arrest on April 29, linking it to suspicions of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.

Assets Seized Amid Investigation

According to a report by FIOD on May 3, Dutch authorities have seized assets worth over 11.4 million euros ($12.2 million), including cryptocurrencies, real estate, and luxury cars.

This significant seizure follows the first arrest in the ZKasino fraud case, where investors allegedly lost at least $33 million in digital assets.

Initial promises by the platform to return investments within 30 days were reportedly not fulfilled, as suggested by the platform’s smart contract, according to Dutch authorities.

Platform Deception and Investor Concerns

ZKasino initially presented itself as a blockchain-based gambling platform, attracting deposits from investors with promises of quick returns.

However, concerns arose among investors when the platform failed to fulfill its promises and moved deposited funds into the Lido staking protocol. Changes to the platform’s website further fueled suspicions as it removed a statement guaranteeing the return of ETH investments.

Additionally, in a March post on X, it was claimed that ZKasino closed a Series A investment round. The valuation was $350 million, purportedly with backing from reputable entities. These entities included crypto exchange MEXC and venture firm Big Brain Holdings.

However, Big Brain Holdings later clarified that it had not invested in ZKasino. Adding it has distanced itself from the platform and labeling it as potentially fraudulent.

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