A French computer programmer transferred more than $ 500,000 in Bitcoin to far-right activists just before his death last month, some of whom were involved in the U.S. Capitol riot last week, researchers said on Friday.
Chainalysis, a company that investigates Bitcoin transactions, found that the majority of the 22 December 8 transactions went to Nick Fuentes, a far-right internet influencer who was in the crowd in Washington but denied being in the crowd. murderer who stormed the Capitol.
The 35-year-old Frenchman who transferred the money posted a suicide note on his blog the next day, claiming he was chronically ill and wanted to leave his wealth to “certain causes and people”.
The chainalysis did not reveal the identity of the man. Tracing the footsteps of the researchers, an Associated Press reporter found his blog and suicide note. A funeral home published his obituary, including information about the burial, but later deleted it; a cached version can still be found on the Internet.
Federal investigators in the United States are investigating possible pre-riot “coordination or planning” and use a number of methods they routinely deploy in criminal investigations, including reviewing financial transactions and cell phone records. and travel.
Michael Sherwin, the US attorney in Washington, said investigators were also looking at whether there was “command and control,” and he promised to lay charges if prosecutors can prove a conspiracy. No conspiracy charges have been brought to date.
French financial investigators declined to comment.
The Chainalysis investigation found that the Frenchman sent 28.15 Bitcoins, worth around $ 522,000 to 22 addresses, many of which belong to American far-right activists and organizations. Fuentes received a value of approximately $ 250,000. Other recipients included an anti-immigration organization, an alt-right streamer and several unidentified addresses.
“The donation, along with reports of planning the raid on the Capitol through right-to-right communication channels, also suggests that domestic extremist groups may be better organized and funded than previously thought,” the researchers.
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