From: Exit Staff
Suspected Crypto Fraudster Photographed in a Tirana Hotel, Turkish Media Report

Fatih Faruk Ozer, the man behind an alleged $2 billion crypto fraud scandal in Turkey was filmed by a security camera as he entered a hotel in Tirana, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reports.

He was seen handing his passport to the receptionist.

Investigations are underway in Turkey after suspicions that he had fled to Albania. It was reported however that Turkish authorities had requested assistance from Albania in locating and extraditing the individual.

It was previously reported that Fatih Faruk Ozer, a 28-year-old entrepreneur had defrauded some 390,000 users of his cryptocurrency exchange, Thodex, and then fled the country, destined for Tirana.

Istanbul’s Chief Prosecutor’s office told the media they were investigating the exchange after users said they were unable to access their assets. If wrongdoing is proven, Ozer could face serious charges including fraud and forming a criminal organization.

As the investigation against him is ongoing, the financial crimes investigation agency put a freeze on all bank accounts

Several Turkish media published a statement allegedly from Ozer who denied the allegations and said he had left the country to hold meetings with foreign investors. He added he would be returning to Turkey in the coming days to talk to the authorities. In answer to questions on why the site was unavailable, he said it was because of a cyber attack.

On April 22, media reported that he was photographed at passport control at Istanbul airport.

The Turkish Justice Ministry then said it had submitted an Interpol red notice to Albania asking authorities to detain the suspect.