Feds Find $20 Million Under Mattress In Massachusetts
Federal agents raided an apartment in Massachusetts earlier this month and seized $20 million in cash from underneath a mattress.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the cash was found hidden inside a box spring mattress in a Westborough, MA apartment rented to an alleged conspirator of the TelexFree pyramid scheme.
Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, a 28-year-old Brazilian man, was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering on Jan. 5.
Federal agents searched the TelexFree, Inc. headquarters in 2014 when one of the founders of the company, Carlos Wanzeler, allegedly fled to Brazil.
Agents became aware of the multi-million dollar stash after following Rocha while he acted as a courier for Wanzeler’s nephew when a cooperating witness allegedly gave him $2.2 million in a suitcase which he later brought to the apartment.
— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) January 23, 2017
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