Antiguan Roger Ver posts bail in Spain, faces extradition to the USA

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Roger VerPhotographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

A Spanish court has released early Bitcoin  investor Roger Ver on bail, while he awaits possible extradition to the United States.

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According to a June 5 Bloomberg report, Ver posted roughly $163,000 in bail on May 17, allowing him to leave Spanish jail.

The terms of his release reportedly require him to remain in Spain, surrender his passport, and appear in court every two days.

On April 30, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against Ver for mail fraud, tax evasion and filing false tax returns.

Authorities alleged he defrauded the Internal Revenue Service of roughly $48 million by failing to report capital gains through his sales of BTC and other assets.

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Though born in California, Ver renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2014 and no longer holds a passport to the country.

He currently holds citizenship with Saint Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda. U.S. officials said they planned to extradite Ver from Spain to the United States to stand trial.

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Ver, an outspoken proponent of Bitcoin Cash BCH $509, was also embroiled in a 2022 scandal with CoinFlex, which claimed the “Bitcoin Jesus” owed the platform $47 million in USD Coin 

USDC $1.00. In 2002 and 2003, he spent 10 months in federal prison in the U.S. for selling explosives on eBay.

“I didn’t really believe that it would be just like summer camp, but I didn’t think I was going to be locked in a little tiny cell 24 hours a day for the first four or five days straight,” said Ver in a July 2018 video describing his incarceration. “The real punishment about going to prison is being separated from every single person you know in life — being completely separated from all of your family, all of your friends, from everybody you know.”

According to the Justice Department, Ver could face a maximum sentence of up to “20 years in federal prison for each mail fraud count, up to five years in federal prison for each tax evasion count, and up to three years in federal prison for each count of subscribing to a false tax return” if convicted. He has not posted to social media platforms since his arrest.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. how cone he have so many passport for other country did he serve 7 yrs living here ??
    an the other country mmmmm

  2. How is it that Antigua always seems to associate themselves with these kinds of people?

    There doesn’t seem to be any checks or balances or due diligence.

    When these type of monetary criminals attach themselves to this country, we should always be very wary and proceed with much caution.

    However, when this government SMELL any chance of financial inducements, all caution gone outta window … Chups!

  3. CIP continues to claim due diligence, yet this keeps happening, exposing the blatant lie. The list just gets longer as these dubious characters keep popping up. What happens when money takes priority over safety.

  4. The Money Hawk knows just how to sniff out wheelers dealers and stealers with vast amounts of money; he couldn’t care one bit about their criminal backgrounds.

  5. Why do we take everything the USA says as gospel. The guy is charge for not paying his taxes for Bitcoins, something the USA takes while to define as an asset.

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