Bulgarian prosecutors raided more than 15 locations in Sofia, Bulgaria in relation to the Nexo cryptocurrency lender. A spokesperson for the prosecutors has said that the raids are "part of a pre-trial investigation aimed at neutralising an illegal criminal activity of crypto lender Nexo". These activities reportedly include setting up of an organized crime group, tax crimes, money laundering, banking activity without a license and computer fraud. Bulgarian authorities allege that Nexo has processed $94 billion through its platform over the past five years.
Authorities charged four individuals with various crimes shortly after the raid. Two were arrested and released on bail; authorities are still looking for the other two. Police have also confiscated money, computers, and crypto assets.
Within a 24-hour period after the raid was announced, Nexo experienced $45 million in withdrawals — about the same amount they normally process in an entire week — as customers rushed to get their money off the platform.