Payza Founders Sentenced in $250M Money Laundering Case

Canadian brothers Firoz and Ferhan Patel are headed to prison after admitting their payments company had broken the law.

Nov 13, 2020 at 6:25 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. UTC

The founders of digital payments processor Payza will serve year-plus prison terms and forfeit $4.5 million in seized assets for breaking federal money transmission laws, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Brothers Firoz and Ferhan Patel, both Canadian, had pleaded guilty in July to a lineup of financial crimes stemming from Payza, their international payments startup. Prosecutors said the unlicensed firm processed more than $250 million, including funds known to be associated with crime, an allegation to which the brothers ultimately admitted.

On Tuesday, Firoz received a 36-month sentence and Ferhan an 18-month sentence from U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Their company Payza (aka MH Pillars) will be in corporate probation for the next three years.

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