(Reuters) – Funds in bitcoin value greater than $500,000 had been made to 22 completely different digital wallets, most of them belonging to far-right activists and web personalities, earlier than the storming of the U.S. Capitol, cryptocurrency compliance startup Chainalysis stated on Friday.
The funds, made by a French donor, of 28.15 bitcoins had been made on Dec. 8, the New York-based startup, specializing in countering cash laundering and fraud within the digital foreign money area, stated in a weblog publish. (bit.ly/3bG83yE)
Chainalysis stated it now has proof that many alt-right teams and personalities obtained giant bitcoin donations as a part of the one transaction.
“We’ve additionally gathered proof that strongly suggests the donor was a now-deceased laptop programmer primarily based in France,” Chainalysis stated within the report.
Nick Fuentes, who was completely suspended from YouTube final yr for hate speech, obtained 13.5 bitcoins, value about $250,000 on the time of the switch, making him by far the most important beneficiary of the donation, in keeping with the weblog publish.
Fuentes couldn’t be reached for a request for remark.
Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Modifying by Shounak Dasgupta