Crypto Firm Bitsonar Had Signs of a ‘Deliberate Fraud’, Ex-Employee Claims in FBI Report

Yaroslav Shtadchenko modified into hired by Bitsonar in mid-2018 to consult on advertising and marketing and net train pattern. (Yaroslav Shtadchenko)

Crypto Firm Bitsonar Had Signs of a ‘Deliberate Fraud’, Ex-Employee Claims in FBI Sage

Yaroslav Shtadchenko, frail mission manager at now defunct crypto fund Bitsonar, has formally accused his frail employer of fraud.


As previously reported, Bitsonar is an funding company that managed to beget up to $2.5 million greenbacks in crypto from traders worldwide and went bust this summer. Merchants from the U.S., U.Okay., Canada, Ukraine and other international locations currently cannot discover staunch of entry to their funds after Bitsonar iced up withdrawals in February and the procure train went offline in August. Shtadchenko quit the firm and publicly accused its founder of conducting an exit rip-off.

Now he is asking the U.S. regulations enforcement to grab motion in opposition to Alexander Tovstenko, Bitsonar’s founder and frail clerk on the Ukrainian authorities.

Shtadchenko mentioned he filed his glimpse of criminal offence with the FBI by the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, the place he is based mostly, and shared the doc with CoinDesk. Per the consciousness, Shtadchenko modified into hired by Tovstenko in mid-2018 “to offer consulting products and services” on advertising and marketing approach and net train pattern.

In the spring of 2020, on the opposite hand, Shtadchenko “turned aware that Bitsonar modified into with out a doubt a monetary pyramid and all its actions were aimed at attracting investments and not utilizing a plot of returning it,” the consciousness reads.

He also figured out that the trading bot that modified into purported to possess money for Bistonar’s traders modified into, with out a doubt, “operated manually, which is a transparent signal of a deliberate fraud,” he wrote.

In his glimpse, Shtadchenko accused Tovstenko of six criminal offences, including bank fraud, securities fraud and most foremost fraud in opposition to the US. He told CoinDesk he modified into also planning to search out complains with the Europol (Interpol’s Eropean department) and Ukrainian regulations enforcement.

In July, Shtadchenko gave an interview to the Russian-language crypto publication Forklog under the pseudonym Jan Novak, accusing Tovstenko of exit scamming. He also printed his accusations in opposition to Tovstenko on Bitsonar’s veteran net train, providing Tovstenko’s contact records and accounts in social networks.

On Aug. 27, Shtadchenko went missing in Kyiv however resurfaced four days later, announcing that an apparent kidnapping modified into with out a doubt a special operation by Ukrainian regulations enforcement. The same day, the Security Carrier of Ukraine launched that it averted the contract killing of “an IT businessman” working for a cryptocurrency firm and arrested his “accomplice,” who build a bounty of $5,000 on his head. The SSU peaceful hasn’t named both the victim or the alleged criminal.


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