UK Jails Crypto Miner for 13 Months for Stealing Electricity: Report

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A crypto miner in the U.K. county of Leicestershire has been jailed for 13 months for stealing £32,000 ($44,000) of electricity to operate bitcoin mining machines.

  • Sanjay Singh, 40, pleaded guilty to bypassing electrical mains to power mining machines at two sites, local news outlet Leicester Mercury reported Thursday.

  • An inspection showed that Singh had manipulated the wiring to abstract electricity to an unmetered fuse box to run more than 200 devices.

  • Such a method is not an uncommon criminal activity, but is more frequently carried out to support criminal activities such as growing cannabis, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) noted.

  • “This is a highly unusual case,” Andrew Baxter of the CPS said. “Bitcoin mining is a legitimate legal enterprise.”

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