Aiden Pleterski, a self-proclaimed ‘Crypto King’ from Canada was allegedly abducted, tortured, and held for a $3 million ransom.
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Aiden Pleterski reportedly tortured over ransom scam
An Ontario court released a document earlier this month revealing that Aiden Pleterski was allegedly kidnapped in December 2022.
Moreover, CBC reported that Pleterski seemingly fleeced investors for nearly $40 million.
In addition, some of the investors allegedly abducted the 23-year-old and demanded a ransom of $3 million for his safe return.
Remember 23-year-old ‘Crypto King’ Aiden Pleterski.
$35 Million Scam. pic.twitter.com/La4p5jaZ8K
— AnonHeel (@AnonHeel) September 23, 2022
Pleterski’s father, Dragan Pleterski, claimed in a document filed in March 2023 that his son was kidnapped by some of his investors in December 2022.
He said, ‘He was taken. They basically held him for approximately three days, drove him around different, various parts of southern Ontario, beat him, tortured him, and allowed him to make specific phone calls to specific people only. I was not one of those people that he was allowed to contact.’
Furthermore, Dragan mentioned that the undisclosed perpetrators also stated that they are willing to again harm Pleterski in the future.
He added, ‘He was released with the threat that he needed to come up with some money fast, and if he had went to the police, that there would be a lot more trouble.’
A 23-year-old stole $35m from investors; bought a #Lambo, 2 #McLarens, and 2 #BMWs! ????#AidenPleterski‘s ‘AP Private Equity Limited’ accumulated millions in #USD from 140 investors.
???? The “#Crypto King” is now being sued and just had seized $2 million of his assets. ???? pic.twitter.com/AefTWjZA9Y
— Non-Fungible News (NFN) (@NonFungibleNews) September 26, 2022
Who is Aiden Pleterski?
Aiden Pleterski is a 23-year-old social media influencer hailing from Ontario, Canada. Additionally, he is also a self-proclaimed crypto-investor.
The investors who have accused Pleterski of scamming them, claim that he used his social media to appear like he is richer and more educated than he genuinely is.
Subsequently, they continued that this was all a part of Pleterski’s plan to defraud people.
Meanwhile, Pleterski said that he is the owner of AP Private Equity Limited. According to reports, he used this firm to implicate investors in his foreign investment scheme.
He also claimed to operate other investment firms as well. Although the law enforcement found that his wealth accounts were mostly exaggerated.
Besides that, Pleterski testified that trouble began for him in November 202. He reportedly lost his investments when the crypto market made a downturn.
He revealed that he took some aggressive positions to regain the money and pay off other investors.
Pleterski added, ‘I essentially tried to redeem myself […] but obviously in doing so, I guess you could say greed took over.’
He testified, ‘I was trying to make returns that obviously weren’t feasible or weren’t necessarily possible at the time. It just caused more losses.’