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Police seize 522 bitcoins from group accused of defrauding legal proceedings in Bahia

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The Public Ministry of Bahia announced on Thursday (30) that it had filed a complaint against five suspects of being part of a criminal organization that defrauded legal proceedings. Those investigated were arrested during ‘Operation Inventory’, which began in September last year.

With one of those investigated, 522 bitcoins were found, currently valued at around R$ 140 million. Police also seized more than 120 cards on behalf of third parties and companies, computers, cell phones and hard drives, says the MP’s note.

The agency asked the court to maintain preventive detention of part of the group, formed by Heliana Souza Gonçalves, Daniel Campos Carneiro Mehlem and Fábio Almeida. The MP also requested the conviction of Carlos Alberto Almeida de Aragão and Marco Aurélio Fortuna Dórea, in addition to blocking the assets of three of the accused.

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“Based on the survey of fraudulent permits, the MP also asked for the unavailability of assets belonging to Heliana, Daniel Campos and Fábio Almeida in the amount of R$ 1 million, acquired as product and profit from the crimes”, described the note.

Inventory Operation

According to the MP, ‘Operation Inventory’ took place in two phases, both in September 2020 and 2021, after suspected fraud in legal proceedings in progress in the Judiciary Branch of Bahia. As described by the agency, the criminal organization involves lawyers and servants, that is, the scheme had the direct collaboration of service providers from the Bahian agency that falsified documents.

The accused can be prosecuted and convicted for the commission of crimes of criminal organization, active and passive corruption, procedural fraud and use of false documents, as evidenced by the Gaeco – Special Action Group to Combat Criminal Organizations.

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The task force is formed by prosecutors, in addition to civil servants and police officers, and one of its main areas of action is to investigate possible actions and relationships of public agents in criminal organizations.

Also according to the MP-BA note, Operation Inventory was carried out through a joint effort by the Civil Police, through the Department of Repression and Fight against Organized Crime (Draco) and the Metropolitan Police Department (Depom); the Federal Highway Police, through the Regional Superintendence in Bahia; and the Military Police, through the Independent Specialized Policing Company of the Northeast (CIPE – Nordeste).

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Bitcoin Doesn’t Work as a Form of Payment, According to Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky – Here’s Why

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The CEO of crypto lending platform Celsius does not think that Bitcoin (BTC) has the correct properties to become a suitable payment option. 

In a new interview on Coin Stories, Alex Mashinsky offers a contrasting picture between the qualities of the US dollar and the leading cryptocurrency. 

“I’d much rather be in a scenario where the dollar remains as the reserve currency but Bitcoin continues to do very well…

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The dollar is a phenomenal form of payment. It’s a horrible store of value and Bitcoin is a phenomenal store value, but it’s a pretty bad form of payment.”

Mashinsky highlights that it is not a great idea to use Bitcoin to pay for goods and services as he says that people who have done so in the past often regret making the transaction. 

“If you fell for Elon Musk’s deal where he gave you a Tesla for two or three Bitcoins, obviously you hate driving that Tesla because you would in a second go back and take those three Bitcoins and return the Tesla, which lost value during the same period of time. 

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Anything you bought with Bitcoin in the last 10 years, you rather have the Bitcoin back and would have paid in US dollars. That’s really the crux of the matter that you cannot use it as a form of payment or cannot use it in a way that makes you happy about the transaction.”

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Is Bitcoin Officially in Bear Territory? Crypto Analyst Michaël van de Poppe Analyzes State of BTC After Deep Pullback

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A widely followed crypto strategist and trader is looking at the state of Bitcoin to determine whether the largest crypto asset by market cap has crossed bear territory.

Hours before the deep crypto pullback, analyst Michaël van de Poppe told his 518,000 Twitter followers that he was expecting Bitcoin to correct hard and leave an impression that the bull market is over.

“The scenario is very simple.

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  • People expected a peak bull run in December. Not happening.
  • Let the market correct due to that.
  • People will expect a bear market at the low (approx. $47,000-$50,000).
  • Moon the markets and leave everyone behind.

Supercycle.”

With Bitcoin trading below $50,000, Van de Poppe says BTC is still in a bull market and highlights that he believes the correction is now over.

“Overall, this should be the low of a standard 30-40% correction in the markets.

However, corrections are super wicky the past few years in Bitcoin as there’s such a massive amount of leverage in the markets.

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Through that, we overshoot.

But all good, should be done now.”

Looking at the charts, Van de Poppe says there’s a decent chance that Bitcoin will launch a V-shaped reversal or a sharp rally where BTC revisits its all-time high around $69,000 by early next year.

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“Rounding off the day with this chart on Bitcoin.

I think that the chances for a V-shape recovery are there.

We’ll see coming week how it unfolds, but these bounces are significant and good.”

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Bitcoin is exchanging hands at $48,994, down over 7% in the last 24 hours.

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This Bitcoin fractal predicted the fall, but here’s the next price target

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Bitcoin, along with the larger crypto-market, dropped the ball after the most recent price fall had echoes of 19 May’s crash. With BTC shedding 25% of its value in a matter of a few hours, the market seemed to reset to its September-end levels. While it was trading around the $49k-mark at press time, for a brief moment, it did tread close to $42,000 too.

The aforementioned price fall led to a mass wipeout, giving way to over $2.5 billion liquidations across the market. Ergo, the question – Does the macro bullish outlook for Bitcoin remain intact? 

The dip was overdue 

On the daily chart, Bitcoin’s price had been in a falling wedge structure since the 16 November crash. Looking at the larger structure for the past month, it can be argued that the latest crash to the $42k level was overdue.

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On zooming out, a look at BTC’s weekly chart highlighted how after the 4 December crash, the price broke the MA 50 trend-line. 

Source: TradingShot

During the previous major corrections too, the price had broken below this level in May and then again, in late June. However, it has always managed to hold it.

In fact, this level has acted as a support for the +100% rally from July to November. Thus, as long as the weekly closes above or at least around the 1W MA50, BTCUSD has a legitimate probability of forming support there and starting a new rally.

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Interestingly, an RSI fractal seemed also to be in play here. As noted in the chart above, a similar RSI structure was seen from mid-2019 to early 2020, as seen from early 2021 to the time of writing. The key catalyst in both cases was the sell-off due to COVID fears.

However, this crash was more of a combination of multiple factors like the panic among retail investors, tech market crash, over-leveraged crypto-markets, high Open Interest, positive funding rate, and so on. 

So, what’s next?

For now, while the price has rebounded, another fall to the lower $40k-level cannot be discarded.

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However, BTC’s two main utility indicators continue to rise – A good signal. BTC’s token circulation and its daily active addresses, at press time, sat at a 6-month high. In fact, they seemed likely to continue their uptrend too. 

Source: Sanbase

Furthermore, the estimated leverage ratio dropped by 22% in just one day. This was last seen in September when the price dropped by 24% and touched $40k.

In case a similar rally follows and BTC’s price makes a similar structure, the next minimum target of $75k for Bitcoin towards the end of January 2022 can be expected. 

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Source: CryptoQuant

At the time of writing, the biggest takeaway as BTC’s price rebounded from its lower levels seemed to be that the market dynamics have been looking very different than previous cycles.

Even though volatility was still high, the market seemed to move from FOMO-induced price tops and sell-offs to more mature and sustainable growth while flushing leverage. Nonetheless, with the price structure still tilting towards bearish, despite the bounce, it would be best to be cautious.

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