A resident of Lincolnshire (UK) He was accused by local authorities of trying to blackmail the supermarket chain Tesco.
according to The Yorkshire Post, Nigel Wright, a sheep farmer, Tesco wrote a series of letters claiming it placed contaminated baby food in its supermarket stores. Then he offered to reveal the location of the contaminated food. in exchange for roughly $ 1.8 million in BTC.
It is believed that Wright was part of a group of disgruntled farmers who felt they were previously underpaid for products by the supermarket chain.. No information was provided about other members of the group who appear to have operated under the name “Guybrush and the Milk Pirates”. It should be noted, however, that its name seems to be a reference to the 1990 adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island.
Old Bailey Court prosecutors charged Wright with two cases of property pollution and four cases of extortion.
Wright reportedly initially asked Tesco for 100 BTC, but later the amount increased to 200 BTC. Authorities further claim that Wright threatened to kill a driver that he had an argument with and requested that he pay $ 196,350 in Bitcoin.
The farmer denied all charges before the judge.
Cointelegraph recently reported that the Leicester Crown Court ordered the seizure of more than 1.8 million pounds sterling (2.29 million US dollars) from a British person who ran a multi-billion dollar drug empire in the attic of her home in exchange for cryptocurrency.