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Businessman Vanishes With $2 Billion Cryptocurrency Assets

Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued detention warrants for 78 suspects over their alleged involvement in a cryptocurrency exchange fraud, local media reported.

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Police units have so far detained 62 suspects in operations conducted in eight provinces, the Haberturk daily said on its website.

The investigation into the fraud was initiated after the Istanbul-based Thodex exchange platform founder, Faruk Fatih Ozer, suspended trading and left the country via Istanbul Airport on Tuesday.

Mr Ozer reportedly vanished with $2 billion of crypto assets collected from 391,000 investors, the daily added.

The platform has a monthly transaction volume of approximately $12 billion, according to press reports.

The incident is considered one of the biggest frauds in Turkey’s modern history.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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