Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian man behind the terrorist attack in two New Zealand mosques, appeared to be a BitConnect investor. Tarrant sent shockwaves around the globe after shooting 49 people with 20 more victims being severely injured.
Profiting off BitConnect
Tarrant, who live-streamed the video of the shooting on his Facebook page, also shared his 74-page manifesto called ‘The Great Replacement’ where he outlines his ideology (he describes himself as an ‘eco-fascist’). On the very first page of this dossier, Tarrant revealed that he profited off BitConnect, which is the biggest crypto-related Ponzi scheme. He used the money that he earned from BitConnect to travel.
#BREAKING: Man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant uploaded lengthy manifesto online before carrying out Christchurch, New Zealand shooting rampage https://t.co/3dwagifAuO pic.twitter.com/k4IIIa2Umy— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 15, 2019
The biggest crypto scam
BitConnect was a high-yield investment program (HYIP) that enjoyed immense popularity in 2017. BCC, its native token, even appeared among the top 10 cryptocurrencies during the peak of the bull market (the coin’s market cap reached a staggering $2.6 bln). However, the bubble quickly popped after BitConnect was hit with multiple lawsuits.
As U.Today reported earlier, the FBI is asking the victims of this Ponzi scheme to come forward.