Scandal With Millionaire Bitcoin Trader Exposes Secret Underground Tunnels
Deadly Fire Exposes Millionaire BTC Trader's Secret Underground Tunnel
Daniel Beckwitt, a 27-year-old trader, millionaire and computer hacker has been involved in a scandal when Askia Khafra died on Mr. Beckwitt’s underground bunker. The trader from a suburb of Washington D.C., built a set of tunnels under his home to be protected against a nuclear attack.
According to a recent interview that Dia Khafra, and his wife Claudia, gave, they advised Askia to stay far away from Beckwitt’s tunnels.
Askia met Beckwitt on internet and he agreed on constructing the tunnels for him. However, this help was in exchange for an investment in an internet company that Askia was launching at that time.
The tunnels were 20 feet deep, and over 200 feet in length. That's where Khafra was found by the investigators.
Beckwitt told the investigators that he tried to protect the secrecy of the project he was building. In order to do so, Beckwitt said that he would rent a car, pick Khafra up and drive him an hour to Manassas, Virginia. Khafra was working on the tunnels for days at a time, eating and sleeping there.
According to the investigators, Beckwitt lived alone in hoarding conditions. For example, when the investigators were at his home, they had to navigate through junk and trash that was everywhere.
The tunnels built had lights and air circulation. Additionally, there was a heater powered by a ‘haphazard daisy chain’ of powers trips. This created a clear fire risk that ended up in a fire, according to the prosecutor.
Before the fire, Khafra texted Beckwitt to be cautious and warn him about smell of smoke in the tunnels. However, Beckwitt turned off the lights while connecting a breaker, but turned the power back on when Khafra said that he couldn’t see.
Beckwitt’s lawyer said that his client was a successful day trader that made millions of dollars trading stocks. And indeed, Khafra was impressed by Beckwitt’s wealth. According to Khafra, Beckwitt made his money off Bitcoins.
The County officials sued Beckwitt due to the condition of his property. At the moment Wooden boards are covering the doors and windows of the house.