Russian Federal Customs Opens Criminal Investigation On DTPK, Bitmain’s Bitcoin Mining Importer
Russian news outlets are reporting that the Russian Federal Customs Service has opened investigations into bitcoin mining equipment importers, the Far-East Trading and Industrial Company, or DTPK for dodging custom fees.
The company seems to have failed to make payments worth about $1.2 Million on 6,012 Bitmain-manufactured ASIC miners imported from August 2017 to February 2018. DPTK allegedly gave customs officers false documents for the miners which incorrectly stated the hardware‘s prices. All the devices were manufactured by Bitmain and include models like Antminer S9-13.5, L3+ and D3.
The warrant stated:
“In an undefined time, but no later than August 8, 2017, [DTPK CEO] Artem Aleksandrovich Bublik … got involved in a criminal conspiracy with undefined individuals, the goal of the conspiracy being avoiding due customs fees in especially large amounts while importing into the Eurasian Economic Union of ASIC miners and power elements for ASIC miners.”
The Russan agency moreover asserts that the DTPK dishonestly declared to have acquired the equipment from MSR Co., a South Korean firm through a Hong Kong-based company known as Manli. Nevertheless, upon interrogation, the firm found that Manli’s business association with DTPK had terminated ages ago.
The probe drew public interest on July 25 in Moscow during the TerraCrypto mining conference by Alexander Shashkov, the founder of Intelion Mining. He states that the agency assumed that Intelion was withholding some of the material belonging to DTPK. They, therefore, sent armed officers to Intelion’s premises for investigations.
Notably, in Tula, the agency sent 20 men armed with machine guns. Other premises saw 10 men with pistols showing up at their door. They didn’t find any of the DTPK equipment it was looking for. Still, it ended up embracing 2,500 ASICs received by Intelion as the clients who owned them failed to show valid documentation.
The head of Bitmain in Russia, Yulia Fetisova said:
“The grey ones come from the Chinese reselling companies and don’t go through the Russian office. Often, people don’t want to wait for the delivery from us, so they go to these reselling companies because they want their miners here and now.”