after a Brazilian man was arrested for laundering money linked to a multi-billion-dollar
global fraud which is related to a massive pyramid scheme.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the suspect, Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha flew from Brazil to the US a few days ago
meet a person who is a cooperating witness in the pyramid scheme case. Rocha
and the witness met at a restaurant in Hudson, Massachusetts. It was there that
the witness was allegedly to have given Rocha a suitcase filled with $2.2
million in bills.
Federal agents trailed Rocha to an apartment complex in Westborough,
Massachusetts, where he was arrested.
cash, packed inside the box spring of a mattress. NO information was given if
the $2.2 million in the suitcase was part of the $20 million found in the box
charged with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering.
Internet phone service company.
that defrauded people out of around $1 billion.
said, just a couple of months before he was indicted on charges with co-founder
James Merrill. Rocha was in the United States to secure millions of dollars of
hidden TelexFree cash and get it to Brazil by laundering the money through Hong
Kong, the feds said.
Rocha faces up to 20 years in prison on the money laundering charge.