The former lead maintainer for Monero has been arrested in the United States at the request of the South African government, in connection with charges unrelated to his role at the digital currency project. Riccardo Paolo Spagni, better known as Fluffypony, is alleged to have committed corporate fraud while working for a South African tech company back in 2009. According to court documents filed at the Middle District of Tennessee, Spagni was arrested in June through an arrest warrant issued by the court. This followed a request by a court in Cape Town, South Africa, that issued a similar arrest warrant for Spagni on April 19, 2021. The court documents claim that Spagni was employed at Cape Cookies between October 2009 and June 2011 as its IT manager. As an employee of the South African tech firm, he allegedly intercepted invoices from another company, known as Ensync, for IT services it had supplied Cape Cookies. \u201cSPAGNI knowingly used false information to fabricate similar invoices purporting to be from Ensync, relying on details including this company's Value Added Tax (VAT) number and bank account information. SPAGNI then inflated the prices for the goods and\/or services,\u201d according to the court documents. https:\/\/twitter.com\/ahcastor\/status\/1422338893781770256?s20 \u2018Fluffypony\u2019, who is also the founder of emoji username project Yat, would then submit the invoices to his employer and receive the payment on his bank accounts. \u201cThis evidence indicates that SPAGNI received 1,453,561.47 South African Rand, or roughly $99,185, as a result of his efforts to defraud Cape Cookies,\u201d the court states. Spagni was first charged by the Western Cape Regional Court, Cape Town for fraud. He pleaded not guilty to these charges, and the trial against him commenced. He later failed to make an appearance in court for his trial and the South African authorities have been trying to locate him since. He would later be arrested in the U.S.\u2014in Nashville on his way to Los Cabos, Mexico\u2014and is now being held by the U.S. Marshals Service. Spagni has, however, refuted the accusations against him. In a July 31 response, his legal team stated, \u201cThe government has misstated both the facts and the applicable law in this matter.\u201d According to the court documents, he reportedly moved to New York openly to work with his U.S. companies more closely. Spagni also attacked the government\u2019s claim that granting him bail was impossible, claiming that \u201cmany courts around the world have found \u201cspecial circumstances\u201d sufficient to grant bail in extradition matters.\u201d On Twitter, Fluffypony addressed the matter, stating: \u201cI am hoping to resolve this misunderstanding within a short while. In the meantime my business affairs will continue under the leadership of my partners.\u201d https:\/\/twitter.com\/Spatzipantz\/status\/1422304460278276096 Follow\u00a0CoinGeek\u2019s Crypto Crime Cartel\u00a0series, which delves into the stream of groups\u2014from\u00a0BitMEX\u00a0to\u00a0Binance,\u00a0Bitcoin.com,\u00a0Blockstream,\u00a0ShapeShift\u00a0and\u00a0Ethereum\u2014who have co-opted the digital asset revolution and turned the industry into a minefield for na\u00efve (and even experienced) players in the market.