A Suffolk County IT supervisor was arrested this week for allegedly working a cryptocurrency mining operation out of presidency places of work on Lengthy Island, officers introduced Wednesday.
Christopher Naples, 42, a supervisor of knowledge know-how operations for the county clerk’s workplace, is accused of working 46 cryptocurrency mining units in a county constructing in Riverhead, in accordance with the Suffolk County District’s Legal professional’s Workplace.
At the very least ten of the machines have been working since February, mining Bitcoin and different cryptocurrency — and inflating the electrical energy invoice by $6,000, the prosecutors mentioned.
The units have been situated in six totally different rooms contained in the county constructing, together with beneath detachable floorboards and inside an unused electrical wall panel.
“Mining cryptocurrency requires an unlimited quantity of assets, and miners must navigate cowl all of these electrical energy and cooling prices,” District Legal professional Sini mentioned.
“This defendant discovered a strategy to do it; sadly, it was on the backs of taxpayers,” mentioned Sini.
Investigators are working to find out if Naples profited from the scheme.
Naples was charged with public corruption, grand larceny, pc trespass and official misconduct, officers mentioned.
He was arraigned Wednesday at Southampton City Justice Courtroom and launched on his personal recognizance.