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Australian influencer accused of faking cancer to indulge in crypto-trading practices

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Belle Gibson faked cancer and for crypto trading
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The cryptoverse is riddled with countless controversies, hacks, and other big news stories. While enthusiasts are yet to recover from the recent Binance hack and Bitcoin’s massive bull run, Belle Gibson, an Australian influencer, made headlines for performing a one of a kind scam in the crypto-industry.



Gibson recently came into the limelight after the Canberra Times reported her “ill-intended lies to her followers and using her company’s profits to trade cryptocurrencies, futures, and place sports bets.” The influencer was accused of accepting money from her followers under false pretense of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. As a result of the illegitimate claims, Belle was charged a fine of AUD$410,000 ($285,000). While Belle appeared in court on 14 May, 2019 to defend herself against the accusations, the prosecutors said,

“[The documents] reveal a great many transactions overwhelmingly in the nature of discretionary [non-essential] spending.”

While further investigation proved the falseness of her terminal cancer claims, Belle promised to donate AUD$440,000 ($306,000) to various charities and one terminal cancer patient. However, it was later revealed that she only donated AUD$10,000 ($7,000) to charity.





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Huobi, Bitfinex, and other exchanges allegedly linked to laundering/mixing of Bitcoins

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Huobi, Bitfinex, and other exchanges are allegedly linked in laundering/mixing of Bitcoins
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On 19 May, 2019, @Whale_Alert tweeted a transaction of 2000 BTCs between Bitfinex and an unknown wallet, which after in-depth research by a Twitter user, confirmed that it was linked with wash-trading, mixing and laundering of funds. The funds circulated over various exchanges like Bitfinex, Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, and others, raise serious questions regarding AML laws and more.

The flagged transaction was sent from 1HL5rZWw5rGzFAB1mThEMxwazEBtWigs7B to two distinct addresses.

The Twitter user, @Proofofresearch, flagged this transaction and revealed the exchanges involved [directly or indirectly]. The user tweeted,

The user flagged a few addresses in the clusters which sent a significant amount of funds, shown in the image attached below.

Source: Twitter | CryptoMedication

The entity 145631092, as seen in the above chart, the funds sent by Huobi from this cluster ended on July 21, 2017. Another wallet “17hf5H8D6Yc4B7zHEg3orAtKn7Jhme7Adx”, linked to having transactions with Huobi has one particular transaction that stands out as it has an op_code named “People! help!”, which was transferred on March 30, 2019.

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The wallet address “19V5joogtZCCj3YWcP9pNT8eKLSZybc1Kq” has only four transactions in total. Upon checking the previous transaction for this address, the transaction with hash “bee4795db198230d6baad2e9dbba42b597c635b2471101641cce99e1ff0e91e4” stands out, since it is linked to darknet market places, the user tweeted.

Source: Twitter | CryptoMedication

Further, the address “3M1QVCjXn38AUdUxbLCH4WUZc1ai72ZKgr” that sent funds to the above-mentioned wallet, has a strong connection to darknet market places like the Hydra Market place.

Source: Twitter | Cryptomedication

The source of these funds was directly linked again with Hydra Market place, with the user tweeting,

The Twitter user further alleged that the addresses linked to these clusters were attached to fraud and some user[s] was “selling accounts at Coinbase/Huobi/Bittrex/Binance.” The Twitter user also urged the compliance team of the respective exchanges to close these flagged accounts ASAP.

The user added that all the funds linked to darknet market places were later deposited in Huobi exchange, which according to the user, gets mixed by Huobi.



Additionally, the user added,

“There are zero customers involved in any of these transactions at this point. That much is obvious. These addresses are not functioning as customer deposit addresses. That’s a guarantee. Funds go to Binance/OKex/Poloniex/BTCBox.com… By FAR, Okex is the most frequent recipient of funds from these Huobi-controlled addresses. Please keep in mind that these are not deposit addresses. These are addresses where Huobi is literally mixing the funds and sending them to other exchanges for some reason.”

One particular address connected to Bitfinex in this fiasco, “1LSgEKji3ZoGdvzBgkcJMej74iBd38fySb,” has received 1 million Bitcoins, according to the user. The user added,

“As stated before, Binance/Coinbase/Bitfinex/Huobi/Bittrex/Coinbase/”Bitbank”/Bithumb/OKex are all pals in this laundering scheme together. They mix and mash funds and operate in a symbiotic fashion – replenishing stores when necessary… In this case, Huobi’s hands are dripping if there’s such a thing as catching someone ‘red-handed’.”





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