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Director of Listed Chinese Company Embezzles $8 Million, Uses Funds to Purchase Bitcoin Mining Rigs

A Chinese prosecutor is reported to have given a thumbs up to the arrest of a listed big data company director accused of embezzling $8 million and using the funds to buy bitcoin mining rigs. Although Li Qunnan has denied the allegations, executives insist their evidence implicates him.

However, despite Qunnan’s denial, Zhongchang executives have insisted that he is the culprit and have produced evidence to support their assertion. For instance, the executives allege that between January to September 2021, their company paid for “servers” worth $4.1 million, but these do not appear in its books. Upon inspection, the servers were found to be “Whatsminer mining machine (model: M31S-76T44W), supercomputing server (model S10Pro),” the report said.

Besides paying for the bitcoin mining machines, Zhongchang claimed the former director also used the company’s funds to pay for the hosting fees which totalled $3.8 million.

Meanwhile, the report said Qunnan has refused to cooperate with investigators and is currently thought to be out of the country.

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