Anderson Lus de Abreu Oliveira, a former Manchester United midfielder, is the subject of an ongoing investigation for alleged crimes involving the use of cryptocurrencies to launder an estimated £4.7 million.
The investigation also involves seven other people who have fled the initiative known as “Operation Criptoshow,” which has been tracking individuals and criminal organizations that have been embezzling funds through cryptocurrency for over a year. The Rio Grande do Sul state Public Prosecutor’s office is in charge of the investigation.
The prosecutors issued 13 search and seizure warrants, and reports indicate that Anderson’s Porto Alegre apartment was among those raided, with his personal computer seized. Following the raid, Anderson issued a statement in which he confirmed that he had been a trader in cryptocurrency since 2019. Anderson, on the other hand, denied any involvement in illegal activities.
“We have not been summoned, and it is difficult to speak at this time. Anderson has stated that he is aware of the investigation. On the other hand, Anderson intends to demonstrate that he was a victim, not an accomplice. That is his stance “Anderson’s lawyer, Julio Cezar Coitinho, confirmed this.
The alleged activities involved the theft of 35 million Brazilian reals (approximately £4.7 million) from the state stock exchange. Prosecutors claim that the money was deposited in 11 bank accounts across four states in Brazil and then laundered through the purchase of cryptocurrencies from other countries as well as locally.