A 23-year-old, self-described ‘Crypto King’ reportedly had his Lamborghini, BMWs, and McLarens seized after investors sued him claiming he stole US$35 million

Aiden Pleterski

By Britney Nguyen, Insider

22nd September 2022 – (Toronto) A 23-year-old Canadian who calls himself the “Crypto King” reportedly had $2 million worth of assets seized as he’s being sued over allegations he defrauded investors.

The seized assets of the man, Aiden Pleterski, include his Lamborghini, two McLarens, and two BMWs, CBC Toronto first reported.

Investors told the publication that at least $35 million given to Pleterski’s company, AP Private Equity Limited, went missing. Twenty-nine creditors have a bankruptcy proceeding against Pleterski, and say he owes them almost $13 million, including one 65-year-old woman who told CBC Toronto she invested $60,000 that she was keeping for her grandchildren’s education.

Norman Groot, founder of Investigation Counsel PC, told CBC Toronto that the bankruptcy proceeding against Pleterski, who started investing in cryptocurrency as a teenager, was one of the only ways investors could try to get their money back.

Pleterski has since had his assets and bank accounts frozen, according to the report.

Pleterski reportedly was renting a lakefront mansion in Burlington, Ontario that he spent $45,000 a month for, and previously paid for promotional articles about himself on websites like Forbes’s publication in Monaco, and far-right publication Daily Caller

A lawyer for Pleterski told CBC Toronto that Pleterski thinks the claims against him by former investors are “wildly exaggerated.”

“Shockingly, it seems that nobody bothered to consider what would happen if the cryptocurrency market plummeted or whether Aiden, as a very young man, was qualified to handle these types of investments,” Pleterski’s lawyer, Micheal Simaan, told CBC Toronto. He added that Pleterski is “co-operating with the bankruptcy process and is hopeful that it will work out in the most equitable fashion for everyone involved.” 

Insider reached out to Pleterski’s lawyer for additional comment but did not immediately hear back ahead of publication.

In a meeting with creditors, Pleterski reportedly told them he was “very unorganised,” and didn’t keep records of his investments. His trustee told creditors that Pleterski said he lost the money he had received between late 2021 and early 2022 “in a series of margin calls and bad trades,” CBC Toronto reported.

Right now, Pleterski doesn’t have a criminal charge against him, Gizmodo reports, but is facing the bankruptcy proceeding and two civil lawsuits.