Anderson accused of laundering £4.7m in illegal funds by using cryptocurrencies
Anderson, a former Manchester United footballer, is accused of laundering £4.7 million in Brazil using bitcoins.
The 33-year-old was named by the Brazilian daily Globo as one of eight people being investigated by a state prosecutor in connection with a conspiracy to transfer 35 million Brazilian reals (£4.7 million) from the state stock exchange and launder money using cryptocurrency.
Although Globo revealed Anderson was being investigated for his role in the plot, the state prosecutor did not name the persons involved.
According to the article, the people under investigation were accused of offenses such as theft, belonging to a criminal organization, and laundering products, property, or jewels.
The Crpytoshow inquiry began over a year ago, when the state prosecutor in the Porto Alegre district obtained 13 search and seizure orders. One of the buildings searched was Anderson’s flat.
Anderson told Globo that he has been investing in cryptocurrencies since 2019 and that his firm sold bitcoins to one of the companies involved, but that he had no idea the money was coming from illegal sources.
Julio Cezar Coitinho Junior, Anderson’s lawyer, stated that Anderson “would prove he was a victim, not a participant.”
Anderson, 33, hails from Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, where he began his career with Gremio before going to Porto two years later and subsequently to United.
He returned to Gremio’s close rivals Internacional after leaving United in 2015, a year after spending a season on loan with Fiorentina.
According to the Globo article, the group allegedly embezzled 30 million reals from a huge corporation’s bank account via 11 electronic payments to six entities in four Brazilian states.
The money was then reportedly laundered using cryptocurrency both in Brazil and abroad.
Anderson, who retired from playing in 2020, had seven years with United and scored in the 2008 Champions League final shootout victory over Chelsea.