Sunday, October 1

Israeli targeted by PF in Brazil gets 8 years in prison for money laundering

An Israeli who lived in Brazil and was targeted by the Federal Police (PF) was sentenced to eight years in prison. Investigations against Tal Prihar, 37, an Israeli citizen who resided in Brazil with his wife and four children, led the justice to understand that he was a famous operator of a dark web site.

With several cryptocurrencies in his possession, he was the target of an international cooperation operation with the FBI to be arrested and taken to the United States.

Since then, his case has evolved in 2021 and 2022.

Israeli targeted by PF in Brazil sentenced to prison for cyber crime

In May 2019, the PF launched an international operation with the FBI to seize the assets of an Israeli in Brazil, who was suspected of operating a sophisticated cyber crime.

He was arrested in Paris (France), but his home in a luxury condominium in Lago Sul, an upscale area of ​​Brasilia, where he had lived for a year, was searched and apprehended while he was detained at the French airport. At the site, the PF captured notebooks, cryptocurrency devices, R$ 1 million in cash between Real and foreign currencies.

At the time of his arrest, the case had repercussions because the PF warrant was carried out in the same property where José Dirceu, a former member investigated in the PT monthly allowance process, was also arrested in 2015.

In the case of the Israeli, according to the justice of the United States (DOJ), he confessed to being an operator of the dark web site in March 2021. Last Wednesday (26), he was sentenced to serve a sentence of 8 years and a few months.

“An Israeli citizen was sentenced yesterday to 97 months in prison for operating DeepDotWeb (DDW), a website that connected Internet users to Darknet marketplaces, where they purchased illegal firearms, malware and hacking tools, stolen financial data, heroin , fentanyl and other illicit materials.”

8,155 bitcoins seized, BRL 45 million

Tal Prihar’s scheme involved another Israeli who lived in his home country, Michael Phan, 34. The latter has already been arrested by local authorities and will soon be extradited to the US to also stand trial for the crimes.

To work on the dark web, the Israelis moved 8,155 bitcoins, which were eventually seized, with a market value today at R$45 million.

“For providing these links, Prihar and Phan received kickback payments from the markets in the form of virtual currency, including approximately 8,155 bitcoins (worth approximately $8.4 million at the time of transactions).”

The FBI in Pittsburgh investigated the case and concluded that they sought to hide the amounts received in Bitcoin in bank accounts of shell companies they controlled.

As the site was shut down by federal authorities in April 2019, they ended up losing $8.4 million.

The authorities who participated in the resolution of this case were the US Postal Inspection Service, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Cybernetics Division of the Brazilian PF, Israel National Police, Dutch National Police, Europol Darkweb Team, Federal Criminal Police of Germany and National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom.

The US Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs also helped with the case.