Some Fraudsters hid 20 million of dollars under a bed, stacked in dozens of bundles of notes.
20 million of dollars which were left under a frame, covered up by the mattress to avoid detection.
The stash was discovered during an investigation into alleged money laundering. US Federal officials shared a picture of the jaw-dropping scene on Twitter Monday, just weeks after discovering the cash during a bust related to TelexFree Inc.’s $3 billion global fraud case. Federal official released the photo after detectives raided an apartment in Westborough, Massachusetts.
They had tracked a Brazilian man, 28-year-old Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, who has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the complaint, the internet phone service company ripped off about half of their participants, or roughly 1 million people across the world. In April 2014, federal agents searched their headquarters in Marlborough — sparking the massive pyramid-scheme investigation.
“Later that day, Carlos Wanzeler, one of the founders of the company, allegedly fled to Brazil, his native country, where he has remained,” prosecutors said. “Wanzeler and TelexFree co-founder James Merrill were indicted in July 2014 on charges that they operated TelexFree as a massive pyramid scheme. Merrill pleaded guilty to those charges in October 2016 and is awaiting sentencing.”
On New Year’s Eve, Rocha acting as a personal courier for Wanzeler’s nephew, who is now serving as a cooperating witness hopped on a flight from Brazil to JFK Airport, the complaint says. He told customs officials he was visiting the Big Apple for one week to celebrate his honeymoon, the Boston Globe reported.
After landing, Rocha made his way up to Massachusetts and met Wanzeler’s nephew at a restaurant in Hudson. He received a suitcase with $2.2 million upon his arrival, and then promptly headed to his apartment complex in Westborough, according to prosecutors. Little did Rocha know that agents had been following his every move, and they arrested him soon after.
After his arrest, authorities searched his apartment and stumbled upon the massive stockpile of cash hidden under the mattress and inside the box spring, the complaint says.
If convicted, Rocha faces 20year prison term.
“The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater,” “Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.” prosecutors said.