Man Faces 15 Years in Jail for Allegedly Installing 46 Bitcoin and Crypto Miners Inside Government Building

Man Faces 15 Years in Jail for Allegedly Installing 46 Bitcoin and Crypto Miners Inside Government Building


A man may end up behind bars for 15 years after he was allegedly caught mining Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies inside the county center in Riverhead, New York.

The Associated Press reports that Christopher Naples, an IT operations supervisor at the county clerk’s office, is facing charges for public corruption, grand larceny, and computer trespass for secretly installing 46 crypto miners inside the government building.

 

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The 42-year-old, an employee of the county for over two decades, allegedly placed the devices in six rooms, hiding them in locations like unused electrical wall panels and underneath floorboards. Authorities say that some of the machines had been in place since February. 

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini says that Naples’ scheme cost the public coffers at least $6,000 in electricity bills.

“Mining cryptocurrency requires an enormous amount of resources, and miners have to navigate how to cover all of those electricity and cooling costs. [Naples] found a way to do

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