May 11, 2022

Poker player arrested for $500,000 bitcoin trading scam

April 01

A poker player was arrested and charged in Las Vegas on a $500,000 Bitcoin Scam. 23 years Filippos Liakounakos is accused of trick a cryptocurrency trader back in 2020 for the amount and is now face jail time for identity theft, theft over $100,000, and an unlawful criminal act involving email or the transmission of computer data.

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Victim told police he agreed to a Bitcoin transaction with a business associate on the crypto mobile chat app Telegrambut discovered a day later that a the impostor pretended to be the partner and he had sent the huge sum to someone else.

The police quickly intervened and started tracking the transaction on the audience block chain which moved quickly to disguise where the cryptocurrency was going in a process known as “peeling”.

A month later, Liakounakos couldn’t help it and got greedywondering if he could perform the same stunt twice with the same victimbut now for an eye watering $999,900 in Bitcoin. This time, the victim was able get an email address of Liakounakos which was later tracked down by law enforcement and arrested.

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It is not the first time this university student Filippos Liakounakos has been linked to a six figure scam. In May 2020, a thread appeared on the Poker Fraud Alert Forum naming him as the guy who ripped off Cord Garciawinner of 2015 WSOP Colossus, for $600,000.

Filippos was described by Ryan Feldman as “the tall young Greek who plays in the PLO”.

“Cord Garcia is best known for his 1st place finish in the WSOP Colossus event in 2015, for $638,000. I met him in 2018 at a $1,500 event in the Netherlands, and he was nice/ friendly. Loved the kid. Anyway, this came out because Fleyshman decided to use the visibility of the Perkins drama to create his own for Filippos. I don’t know if the claim is true, and Fleyshman is notorious for stretching the truth, but my hunch is that it’s true or nearly true.”

There was also a wire on the Two Plus Two Forum accusing Liakounakos of owe $12,500 to the Kings Club private club site. Apparently he felt cheated and refused to pay the bill.

For now, Filippos Liakounakos is again a free man. For now, anyway. Clark County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jim Sweetin set a bond to $250,000and obtained it, declaring that Liakounakos is a leak risk because it has no connection to Las Vegas. We are awaiting the next hearing to find out when a trial date has been set.

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