• An ex-town employee in Massachusetts is accused of running a secret cryptocurrency mining operation inside a school’s crawl space.
• The suspect, Nadeam Nahas, faces charges of vandalizing a school and fraudulent use of electricity.
• It is estimated that he stole nearly $18,000 worth of electricity to power his crypto miners.
Suspect Allegedly Set Up Crypto Mining Operation
A former facilities worker in the U.S. state of Massachusetts is alleged to have stolen nearly $18,000 worth of electricity to run 11 miners in a school’s crawl space. Nadeam Nahas was scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 23 facing charges of vandalizing a school and fraudulent use of electricity.
Default Warrant Issued After Missed Hearing
A default warrant has been issued after Nahas missed his scheduled court hearing to answer to the charges against him. Nahas had previously worked in the facilities department for the town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, United States. He allegedly stole electricity between April 28th and Dec 14th 2021 in order to power his crypto mining operation.
Cohasset Facilities Director Notices Computers
Local police were reportedly initially informed about the operation after Cohasset’s facilities director noticed computers running 24/7 near the boiler room in the basement. Court documents show that it was estimated that Nahas had stolen $17,492 worth of electricity from the town for his mining operations.
Penalties For Vandalism And Fraudulent Use Of Electricity
If found guilty, Nahas could face penalties for both vandalism and fraudulent use of electricity which may include fines or even jail time depending on the severity of his crimes.
Cryptocurrency Mining Becoming More Commonplace
Cryptocurrency mining is becoming more commonplace as people begin to realize its potential profits but this situation serves as an important reminder that activities like these should be done legally and safely with proper regulations in place or else there can be serious consequences for those who break them