In may of this year law enforcement bodies of Bulgaria stopped activity of criminal group, seized more than 200 thousand bitcoins. At the current rate, they are estimated at more than $3 billion.
During the operation was arrested 23 citizens of Bulgaria. According to a press release from may 19, the police seized from the suspects 213 519 bitcoins. At the rate of $15 057 recorded at 13:20 in Kiev, they are now estimated at more than $3.2 billion
According to official data, the detainees created a virus that was used for hacking in the Bulgarian customs. This allowed them to avoid paying customs duties when importing goods into the country. Virus loaded on your PC bribed officials.
«Violators have chosen bitcoin as a method of storing money, as it is difficult to trace,» – the document says.
In total suspects avoided paying about 10 million leva, which is about $6 million.
At the moment it remains unclear that the Bulgarian authorities intend to do with the seized bitcoins. 28 November, they declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
At the time of withdrawal bitcoin BTC rate is $2354 and their total amount was estimated at $500 million.