A government employee is accused of mining crypto at the expense of the public

An employee of the New York County Clerk Office allegedly used more than 40 devices to illegally mine crypto.
Christopher Naples, an information technology operations supervisor at Suffolk County clerk’s in New York, allegedly used his position to place crypto-mining equipment in various locations at the Riverhead Center in New York. According to a statement published on Wednesday by AP News, Naples allegedly set up 46 devices that were used for crypto mining. Crypto mining can be expensive. It requires specific equipment and can increase electrical costs. The heat produced by mining equipment can also be a problem. According to Timothy Sini, a Suffolk County district attorney, “Mining cryptocurrency requires an immense amount of resources and miners must navigate how to pay all of those cooling and electricity costs.” Sini stated that Naples “found a way” to do so, but it was on taxpayers’ backs. The statement claimed that the worker’s efforts led to $6,000 in electrical costs for Suffolk County. There are a variety of legal claims against Naples, including grand larceny. He could face a maximum of 15 years in jail. While he awaits further legal proceedings, Naples was released by the courts without being required to post bail. According to Newsday, Sini stated that he would not allow county employees to steal taxpayer money or illegally use government resources for personal gain during a Wednesday press conference.

Relevant news

Leave a Reply