Court documents allege that Meza lured his crypto-millionaire buddy, to a meeting. When it was over, Meza called him an Uber that was actually being driven by Nunez. When the victim got into the van, Colon threw a hood over his head and held him at gunpoint demanding his house keys and memory stick with his Ethereum account information. While the victim was held inside the van for more than two hours, Meza and Guzman then broke into his house and stole nearly $2 million worth of Ether. He eventually escaped and ran two blocks to a grocery store where he was able to call 911.
So who would do such a thing? That’s where it gets even crazier. Guzman works as a paraprofessional in the New York Department of Education system and Nunez works at a church.
While people are still fascinated by the highly-complicated world of cryptocurrency – and will apparently go to great lengths to get it – those who have made their living mining and trading it say it’s not as complicated as the rest of us might think. They also believe it’s more transparent than the federal reserve. Olaf Carlson-Wee is the 20-something founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, a hedge fund that works exclusively with cryptocurrency. He explained to Vice what makes the cryptocurrency craze so alluring and also shares how he got started living completely on Bitcoin.