Investigators: Social media influencer Jay Mazini facing wire fraud charges
Social media influencer Jay Mazini is facing serious charges for allegedly using his fame to defraud others.
Investigators say Mazini, whose legal name is Jebara Igbara, used his popularity on social media to steal $2.5 million worth of bitcoin.
In a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, Igbara was charged with wire fraud. They say through last year, he would post videos of himself giving money to people.
Investigators say in January of this year, he used social media to fool people. They say he told his followers he was looking to buy bitcoin for more than it was worth.
They say the influencer would send proof of a wire transfer in exchange for their bitcoin, but that the money was never actually transferred, and they were never paid.
In court documents, investigators say at least three people fell for the scam. Investigators say Igbara claimed to have $33 million, but that the balance on the account at the time was just $162.
News 12 has previously reported on some people in New Jersey who received money from the man.
Igbara is 25 years old and is from Edgewater, New Jersey. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.