BitClub Network defendant Silviu Catalin Balaci has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to offer and sell unregistered securities.
In Balaci’s indictment, the DOJ claim he “assisted in creating and operating BitClub Network”. He is also cited as BitClub Network’s primary programmer.
Following indictment by a grand jury, Balaci, originally from Romania, was arrested in Germany last December.
The BitClub Network case docket suggests Balaci was recently extradited to the US. He appeared before the court for an initial appearance on July 7th.
Bond was set at $500,000. Balaci had to surrender his passport and was released to a New Jersey address.
He was also ordered to have no contact with anyone related to BitClub Network (including victims).
On July 9th the DOJ filed a superseding indictment against Balaci. The same day he entered a guilty plea, admitting his role in the BitClub Network Ponzi scheme.
Sentencing has been scheduled for November 18th. As per a July 9th press-release issued by the DOJ, Balaci is facing five years in prison.
He will also be fined either $250,000, or twice what he received through BitClub Network or was lost by its victims. That figure has yet to be determined.
Until sentencing in November, Balaci will remain in New Jersey as per his bond release conditions.