Turkish cryptocurrency platform founder vanishes, fraud suspected
Turkey has opened an investigation into Fatih Faruk Ozer, founder of cryptocurrency platform Thodex. Ozer is now wanted on suspicion of fraud and founding a criminal organization.
Prosecutors in Istanbul on Thursday launched a probe into Turkish cryptocurrency exchange platform Thodex after its founder shut down its site and reportedly fled the country with as much as $2 billion (€1.7 billion) in investors’ assets.
Thodex had posted a statement on its website saying it would be closed four to five days because of an unspecified potential outside investment.
Soon thereafter, Turkish cryptocurrency traders filed thousands of criminal complaints against Thodex after they were unable to access their accounts or withdraw their money deposited with the company.
Turkish security officials have released a photo of Ozer going through passport control at Istanbul airport on his way to an unspecified location. According to local media reports, Ozer, said to be either 27 or 28, had flown either to Albania or Thailand.