Police in England arrested a miner for illegally installing Bitcoin mining equipment at two facilities in Leicestershire and stealing £ 32,000 worth of electricity.
data local media, 40-year-old Sanjay Singh installed ASIC miners at a production facility in Coleville. The equipment was found after the discovery of faults at the electrical substation, which appeared due to an overload of the system. During the inspection of the premises, about 200 ASIC miners were found connected to the mains.
While law enforcement investigated a crime at a manufacturing facility, Singh was illegally mining bitcoin at the Firefly nightclub in Loughborough, which was closed for the summer. In addition, Singh left exposed wires, which threatened the lives and health of people on the premises. The amount of stolen electricity from both sites is estimated at £ 32,000. Singh appeared before the Royal Court of Leicester on October 11, admitted all charges and was sentenced to 13 months and two weeks in prison.
“There is nothing illegal in Bitcoin mining. Singh acted out of greed, mining cryptocurrency illegally. He was aware that he was breaking the law by continuing to commit illegal acts elsewhere even after being convicted of the crime, ”said Andrew Baxter of the Crown Prosecution Service.
There are cases when the police find illegal mining farms even in their own buildings, as happened in August at the Warsaw Police Department. And last month, an “underground” mining farm was discovered in the basement of Tehran’s stock exchange.