Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira faces multiple court charges in relation to his alleged participation in a crypto scam deal.
The Brazilian was charged alongside 7 other individuals who formed a criminal ring that laundered and embezzled 37 million reals (£4.7 million) through cryptocurrencies.
Authorities issued 13 search warrants including one for Anderson’s house situated in Porto Alegre. Security operatives seized Anderson’s personal laptop.
The investigation was overseen by the Rio Grande do Sul Public Prosecutor (MP-RS) and tagged Operation Cryptoshow.
The ex-Man United star confirmed through his legal representative that he is actively involved in dealings related to virtual currencies but denied any wrongdoing.
“We have not been summoned, it is hard to talk right now. There is an investigation underway, Anderson has said he is aware. Anderson’s lawyer, Julio Cezar Coitinho said. “But Anderson is going to prove that he was a victim, not an accomplice. That is his position.”
Prosecutors say the accused criminal ring spread the money across 11 banks in four Brazilian states before using the funds to buy cryptocurrencies from local and international platforms.