Crypto ‘prodigy’, 23, is abducted and TORTURED after ‘scamming’ investors out of $29M before blowing $12M on fleet of supercars, luxury vacations and a private jet
- Aiden Pleterski, 24, is currently going through bankruptcy proceedings
- Authorities are trying to recover $29million he allegedly swiped from investors
- New report suggests he was kidnapped and held for millions in ransom
A self-proclaimed Canadian ‘crypto king’ was allegedly kidnapped and tortured after he reportedly scammed investors out of millions to live a glamorous lifestyle.
Aiden Pleterski, 23, is currently going through bankruptcy proceedings as authorities in Canada try to recover the $29million he’s accused of scamming out of investors.
Just $1.6million has been returned, with reports saying Pleterski spent most of it on a private jet, a huge fleet of flashy cars and luxury vacations.
The latest revelations, made by Pleterski’s father in a government report detailing what happened to the funds, are that Pleterski was kidnapped in the middle of the night in December.
Adam Peters said he got a late night call demanding $3million Canadian ($2.1million USD) in ransom. Peters then claims his son was driven around Ontario, beaten and tortured.
He was supposedly released after a few days but threatened to come up with the money quickly or else.
One of the few calls he was allowed to make was to his landlord, who testified that Pleterski called begging him for the millions in ransom payments.
‘I said, ‘There’s absolutely nothing that I can do.’
No suspects have been revealed in the kidnapping and it’s not clear if any arrests were made.
Rob Stelzer, the trustee appointed to produce the report, told CTV he received a call from Toronto police in early December about the kidnapping.
‘I mean, obviously, he owes a lot of people a lot of money,’ Stelzer said.
The $29million may be just the beginning of what Pleterski owes investors, according to attorney Norman Groot, who was hired by some of those scammed by the crypto king.
Groot characterizes Pleterski as having run a ponzi scheme on his clients, with investments made by some clients allegedly used to fake returns for others.
He’s trying to find out just how much Pleterski transferred out of his account, with losses that could be double that $29million.
Pleterski claimed in 2021 that he lost investments when the crypto market crashed in the fall of that year.
‘In doing so, I guess you could say greed took over, and I was taking very aggressive positions, and I was trying to make returns that obviously weren’t feasible or weren’t necessarily possible at the time, and it just caused more losses,’ he said.
A report by trustees investigating the scheme say Pleterski took the $29million from investors and said he would invest it in both crypto and foreign currencies.
The trustees claim he invested just about $485,000, or less than two percent of the total funds at hand.
The report alleges he spent approximately $362,000 on a warehouse where he stored the remaining cash.
It also says Pleterski drove at least 10 different sports cars, including a rare McLaren Senna, purchased for over $1million in September 2021.
Another $700,000 went to the mansion Pleterski lived in, including both rent and a down payment to eventually buy it.
He gave another $940,000 to an associate, while Stelzer claims Pleterski’s parents also got around $800,000 from their son.
Stelzer, the government trustee, wants the properties sold and the money refunded to Pleterski’s investors.
Lawyers for Pleterski have yet to comment on the kidnapping allegations, according to CBC.