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Bitcoin Miners Worth Over $1.3M Seized, 8 Arrested in Malaysia: Report

The machines were seized in joint operations with Sarawak Energy, the region's electricity company, between February and April.

Jul 16, 2021 at 3:39 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:26 p.m. UTC

Police in Malaysia seized 1,039 bitcoin mining machines worth RM5.3 million (US$1.3 million) and arrested eight people.

  • Police in the northwestern city of Miri seized the machines in joint operations with Sarawak Energy (SEB), the region's electricity company, between February and April, Bernama reported Friday.
  • Eight individuals were arrested and accused of stealing electricity from SEB, Miri Police Chief ACP Hakemal Hawari said.
  • "A total of six people have been successfully charged under Section 379 of the Penal Code for electricity theft and have been fined up to RM8,000 ($1,900) and jailed for up to eight months," he said in a statement.
  • The machines related to the court case were disposed of at Miri police headquarters, the report said.

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