don’t have the money to pay compensation

Mirélis Zerpa, wife of the “Faraó dos Bitcoins”, called the lawyers and took to social media to send a message to the clients of GAS Consultoria e Tecnologia: there is no money to compensate them. Although Mirelis withdrew around R$1 billion in bitcoins the day after her husband’s arrest, Glaidson Acacio dos Santoson August 26 last year, the Venezuelan’s lawyers assured that the funds had already been used to honor payments to investors in the following days.

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Mirelis has been on the run since August 25, with two preventive arrest warrants for money laundering and crimes against the national financial system. Footage recorded on video days before Operation Kryptos, which arrested Glaidson and other members of the gang, shows the Venezuelan boarding at Cabo Frio airport. She would have left for Miami, in the United States, where she would be until today.

With the backing of lawyers, Mirelis posted videos on social media in an attempt to downplay his participation in the GAS program, which has injured at least 120,000 clients – the number of people already registered at the office of Zveiter, which deals with the receivership of the company. She claims, among other arguments, that she has never been a managing partner of companies that operated directly with bitcoins.

“The message is to imitate Mirelis. There was no mention of her in the records. It was all about Glaidson. But everyone’s roles in the company were different. She was a trader, had the technical knowledge, and had a minority stake because she was Glaidson’s wife, but she never acted in the corporate structure. Glaidson himself signed an official statement attesting to this,” said Ciro Chagas, a lawyer for the Venezuelan.

RC Consultoria e Tecnologia Ltda has an office in the same city where GAS Consultoria Bitcoin is headquartered, owned by former server Glaidson Acácio (pictured)

The sum withdrawn by Mirelis, already on the run, corresponds, according to the lawyer, to the volume of the monthly payment at GAS:

— Assets were withdrawn to maintain customer payment. Mirelis hoped the matter would be resolved quickly. Although this seems like a large amount, the company’s operations were much larger. She claims to have used and already depleted the balance. He stopped moving the assets, but he can’t say there was a balance left.

In one of the recorded videos, Mirelis said that “it’s time to open Pandora’s box, which makes me very nervous, but it’s never too late to start journaling your life, to romp”.

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Call to STJ

Led by Minister João Otavio de Noronha, an appeal by Mirelis to revoke the two preventive arrests must go to trial in the Superior Court of Justice (STJ). While Noronha himself led the way, a dissenting vote, for the revocation of one of Glaidson’s preventive detentions, the Venezuelan’s lawyer hopes that the STJ will follow the same agreement for Mirelis.

The trial, he said, is scheduled for this month. However, even if the appeal is accepted, there is no guarantee that Mirelis will return to Brazil. Ciro Chagas said that the client reports that she has suffered threats against her physical integrity, which is why she fears returning to the country where she helped her husband build a small financial empire.

Mirelis’ statements, reinforced by the lawyers, were received as bravado by Artêmio Picanço, head of one of the offices with the highest number of clients harmed by the “Pharaó dos Bitcoins” companies. Based on open sources, the lawyer said that Mirelis only started moving bitcoins withdrawn on September 13, making two more withdrawals on the 16th of the 17th, while payments were suspended on the 15th.

“Why has the money stood still for so many days? Why did Mirelis continue to withdraw even after the suspension of payments? There is no evidence of the use of money to pay customers — regrets Picanço.

The injured clients’ lawyer also recalled that Mirelis is the one who signs all GAS contracts as guarantor, which is why he cannot now exonerate himself from his civil and criminal responsibilities.

Investigations by the Federal Police, in partnership with the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), revealed that Mirelis had transferred around 2.3 million reais from his accounts to his sister, Noiralis, in the absence of Brazilian justice. The operation was carried out in the first half of December by Binance, a kind of cryptocurrency exchange. While Binance records the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies in open sources, investigators discovered the transfer of ten bitcoins in favor of Noiralis Zerpa.

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