- Police from Anhui province's Chizhou city conducted the investigation, which led them to three suspects in the Sichuan, Hunan, and Guangdong provinces.
- Police also seized "tens of millions" worth of luxury cars and villas that the police said were bought with illegally obtained funds. The suspects eventually confessed to the crime, the police said.
- China issued its sternest ban to date on crypto trading and mining in September, looking to banish activities that it deems to be dangerous to retail investors and the economy.
- In June, an investor lost RMB 590,000 that he had invested in a crypto token, when the project owners siphoned the money, shut down the website and were unreachable, Chizhou police said. Hundreds of investors lost RMB 50 million in the scam, the post said.
- The investigation found that the suspects were transferring investor funds without the investors' consent to an "anonymous pool" where it was laundered, according to the post. The project had successfully passed a security audit, but had actually deployed different code that included a back door, the post said.
- Investors lost $2.8 billion through rug pulls in 2021, a report by intelligence firm Chainalysis said.
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