Five men are facing charges for allegedly kidnapping, confining, and beating Aiden Pleterski, the young, self-proclaimed “Crypto King” accused of losing $35 million in investor funds. One of the men, Akil Heywood, reportedly lost $740,000 to Pleterski’s scam, and had been named by other investors to be an inspector in the bankruptcy proceeding, a role where he was intended to represent the interests of other investors. Perhaps that’s what he was trying to do when he allegedly helped the group of other men kidnap Pleterski, beat him, and force him to record a video explaining what happened to the funds.
As an inspector in the bankruptcy, Heywood would have had access to details from the investigation by the bankruptcy trustee. Heywood is, incidentally, also charged with threatening the trustee in an attempt to get him to pay out $2 million in crypto. Shortly before the alleged kidnapping, Pleterski stated in an interview for the bankruptcy proceedings that Heywood had been “still, by the way, uttering threats, and very dangerous, violent threats, to me over Instagram comment sections and text messages”.
Heywood has told reporters he is innocent.
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