Federal law enforcement officials raided a Westborough apartment this week and seized approximately $20 million dollars that was hidden within a box spring.
The huge pile of banknotes were uncovered inside a wooden bed frame, the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said, sharing a photo of the cash seizure on Twitter.
Agents found the money after they arrested a Brazilian national named Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, who was charged with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering. The 28-year-old admitted to federal agents that he was in the U.S. to facilitate a money transfer to a founder of the company, court documents state.
TelexFree, which sold voice-over-Internet phone service, “was really a massive pyramid scheme,” according to court documents. “It make little or no money from selling VOIP, but took in millions of dollars from people signing up to receive financial bonuses from advertising and recruiting.”