Millions of dollars were found stashed inside the box spring of a mattress.
A Brazilian man involved in a pyramid scheme case allegedly hid $20 million in a bed inside of an apartment in Westborough, Massachusetts.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha flew into the United States from Brazil just days ago to meet someone who is a cooperating witness in the scheme, CNN reports.
When the witness met up with Rocha, he gave Rocha a suitcase with $2.2 million inside. Once Rocha had the money, federal agents followed him to the apartment complex where they detained him.
Later, while searching the apartment, authorities found the mattress full of money.
Rocha has been charged with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering and faces up to 20 years behind bars.
He was allegedly acting as a courier for Carlos Wanzeler, one of the founders of the Massachusetts-based internet phone service company TelexFree Inc.
Apparently, the company had transformed into a pyramid scheme that conned people out of approximately $1 billion.
Wanzeler fled to Brazil back in 2014 before he could be indicted on charges for his lucrative scam. Rocha’s job was to secure millions of dollars in hidden TelexFree cash and get it to Brazil by laundering it through Hong Kong, according to federal agents.
Based on the amount the feds found in the mattress, Rocha was pretty close to completing his task before being arrested. It looks like authorities caught up to him just in the nick of time.
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