Sandile Shezi, the young South African bitcoin trader who is facing fraud charges, has denied allegations he scammed shareholders in his Global Forex Institute.
Despite his rejection of the allegations, a spokesperson for the country’s police told the Sunday Times newspaper that Shezi has agreed to turn himself in. As reported by Bitcoin.com News, a warrant for Shezi’s arrest had been issued after two aggrieved investors reported the bitcoin trader to the South African police.
Now, as he contemplates turning himself in, Shezi — who is referred to as South Africa’s youngest millionaire — has also launched a spirited defense of his actions. He further beat back suggestions that the Global Forex Institute is a financial services provider. According to a report by the Sunday Times, Shezi said:
These shareholders signed up, not for investments, but our education programme. Our training includes technical analysis, fundamentals and a bit of this and that. You go through us to run your own small personal portfolio, not trade for HSBC.
The 29-year-old bitcoin trader added that he finds it strange that some shareholders are making these allegations when in fact they were part and parcel of the business. Nevertheless, Shezi said he is now exploring the possibility of buying out the shareholders.
In the meantime, Shezi’s lawyers have vowed in a statement released via Instagram on October 15, that they will launch legal proceedings against those accusing Shezi of defrauding them.
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