Each government is regulating how far their citizens or institutions can mine cryptocurrency. This is because the process costs a heavy amount of power, and is capable of polluting the atmosphere. While some are law abiding in their mining processes, some chose the other way.
The Suffolk County District has filed a legal action against one 42-year old Christopher Naples who was a former employee of the county. The county charged him for computer trespass, public corruption, and grand larceny.
The facts of the case were that Christopher worked as the Supervisor of Information Technology Operations in the county and allegedly installed a lot of mining equipment in his workplace – an action which was illegal.
Reports have it that his action cost the county nothing less than $6,000 because his mining equipment was consuming a heavy amount of power. Thereby making the taxpayers pay more than the power they were indeed using.
The police discovered that Christopher had put a total of 46 devices all over the county center. He hid them behind them in obscure places like under the floorboards and in the discarded wall panels.
He was alleged to be mining Bitcoin and other digital coins. His trial is still ongoing as of press time. However, if it’s the case that the Court eventually convicts him of the crime, he may have to spend the next 15 years behind bars.
Timothy Sini, the county’s lawyer, said this: “Mining cryptocurrency requires an enormous amount of resources, and miners have to navigate how to cover all of those electricity and cooling costs.”