Joe Abel pleads guilty to BitClub Network securities fraud
Joseph Frank Abel, better known as Joe, is one of the scammers behind the BitClub Network Ponzi scheme.
Late last year, Abel and four co-conspirators were indicted on fraud charges.
Following his arrest, earlier this year Abel initially pled not guilty.
As revealed in a September 3rd DOJ press-release, Abel has now entered a guilty plea to the charges.
According to the DOJ, BitClub Network was a $722 million dollar Ponzi scheme.
BitClub Network represented it generated ROI revenue through crypto mining.
The DOJ’s investigation confirmed this to be a lie.
As part of his plea deal, Abel (right) has
admitted taking money from investors in exchange for shares of the BitClub Network’s purported mining pools.
In order to promote shares in the BitClub Network’s mining pools, he created and posted videos to the internet and gave presentations and speeches about the BitClub Network throughout the United States and numerous other countries, including in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
As part of the conspiracy, Abel instructed investors in the United States to use a virtual private network, or “VPN,” to hide their U.S.-based IP addresses and evade detection and regulation by U.S. law enforcement.
Abel admitted failing to report on a Form 1040 United States Individual Income Tax Return for the tax year 2017 approximately $1 million in cryptocurrency as income he earned from his promotion of the BitClub Network.
Abel is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The tax fraud related crimes carry a penalty of up to three years and a $100,000 fine.
Abel is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27th, 2021.
So far two of the five BitClub Network indicted scammers have plead guilty. Abel joins programmer Silviu Catalin, who pled guilty back in July.
Co-defendants Matthew Goettsche, Jobadiah Weeks and Russ Medlin are still holding out.
Update 17th January 2021 – As per a January 4th case docket entry, Joe Abel’s sentencing has been rescheduled for July 15th.
Update 24th May 2021 – Joe Abel’s sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for August 19th.
No reason for the rescheduling is provided.
Update 28th August 2021 – Joe Abel’s sentencing has again rescheduled for September 22nd, 2022.
Again no reason for the this time lengthy extension has been provided.
Update 22nd August 2022 – Abel is now scheduled to be sentenced on March 21st, 2023.
Mining City = BitClub Network 2.0
What about Jörg D. Wittke? One of the guys from Germany.
He lives in Dubai. He should also be criminalized. He has scammed many peoples.
Yes exactly! over in Europe here, Wittke is recruiting us into Jubilee Ace! and now another company! We have already reported him to the authorities.
So Silviu and Joe Abel pleading guily it looks like they are now turning and being state evidence to nail Russ Medlin, Matthew Goettsche, and Weeks.
I hope they get 25 years and all their possessions obtained illegally taken away seized.
Does anyone know any others in Bitclub who scammed?
Colorado. Yes, there are more guys involved!
Why won’t they arrest Ari Maccabi? He is guilty too.
For me this is the same as always … many scammers who get rid of paying for their crimes and in this way can jump to another scam to deceive more people. Something is wrong with justice at this level.
In Spain, those who cheated with this company (and with others before) are already promoting other businesses.
Yoshinobu Goto especially, acting all cute and goofy while in fact was one of the main money launderers for bitclub.
He is hiding in China currently, ran there around 1 year ago.
There are other very, very big masterminds from the Bitclub Network who recruited a very large number of people in 2014 and 2015.
Here are some from Austria: David Glades, David El Dib, Stefan Stumpf and the sponsor of Jörg Wittke from Holland: Wouter Van Den Brink.
Many of these people have sponsored several thousand people.
Article updated with Abel’s new sentencing date.
Any word on Mathew Brent Goettsche trial and where is will take place?
I check the docket periodically. Everything’s moving at snail’s pace.
David El Dib seems to have a new gig around mining, Bitcoin Vault and a trading bot that should make you 180% ROI per year.
All build on a MLM scheme. People, most of them with little actual crypto knowledge spread some “this is the best opportunity for you BS” via online webinars.
Bot package cost between 500 – 2500$ and the company takes 35% of your profits on a monthly basis.
People who work for them, get a bonus by getting people on board. Its spreading and the information are that good that it must be a scam.
Bitcoin Vault = Mining City
The BTCV Ponzi collapsed so they rebooted with Electric Cash, another Ponzi shitcoin.
Article updated with new Abel sentencing date.
He is owning a MLM called Laetitude, self help courses and a bitcoin trading bot from a company called Swapoo. Which promises huge proft.
The content is all like a self help book, but it costs you $$$$ of dollars (in bitcoin) and the kryptobot wants you pay a 30% performance fee… but the packs and reward system are all same to BitClub network, just with new pictures and names.
He is also working with his previous monster networkers from bitclub. take care your family not invest.
I can only hope these thief’s get a years for every dollar they stole from hard working un suspecting families calling them sheep’s.
do us a favor die in prison and make the world a better place. fuc bit club network.
Article updated with new 2022 sentencing date.
Any new updates on these guys?
Jaques Johnson also recruited for Joe Abel, beware.
Why abel s assets not seized or freezed. Still at home imprisoned in his mansion in Camarillo , Ca having parties while his luxury cars are lunes for show offs and wife ‘s lavish lifestyles, always in Casino and shoppping at luxury brand stores.
When is our money will be returned? Or when is he going to a 4 walls prison?
Not in his hime w electro ic monitor anklet only, still e noying the money they scammed.
His wife shiuld go too, jaynet abel she recruited thousands of people, she is an accomplice.
Abel is scheduled to be sentenced later this year. If you believe further crimes are being committed, I suggest you report the conduct to the DOJ.
Joe Abel and his wife Janet B Abel took our Money ( my whole family) and friends . He scammed us. They had a training meeting at Vallejo CA.