Brazilian Bitcoiner Passport Suspended After Criticizing Tax Service
A well-known Brazilian YouTuber has been banned from traveling out of the country after he criticized the country’s federal revenue service, the Receita Federal in one of his video. Daniel Alves Fraga, a popular Brazilian libertarian initially invested in bitcoin back in 2012.
Local news outlet Portal d Bitcoin reported that, Fraga was slammed with a lawsuit condemning him of libel and slander, after he includes two tax auditors Claudio Marcio Oliveira Damasceno and Mario Pereira de Pinho Filho, in one of his videos called “Receita Federal Teaches us to steal,” in which he criticized the organization.
The case goes back to August 2015, and is made on Fraga using the auditors’ image on as the video’s background, and stating that they are “the worst bandits in existence and a bunch of tie-wearing thieves looking to steal from the people.”
It is alleged that the video got more than 14,000 views on YouTube prior to the government taking action and taking legal action against Fraga who, since after the lawsuit, it yet to be seen.
In an effort to hinder Fraga from going scot-free, his passport was suspended so it will not be possible for him to leave the country. According to Portal do Bitcoin, it does not stop there. Mentioning a court order, the news outlet stated:
“It was further determined, by court order, that his voter’s title, any Internet service contracted by him or in which he was in any a beneficiary, should be suspended, in addition to suspending and preventing the renewal of his driver’s license.”
In Brazil, slander cases recommend after three years, hence a federal judge disapproved a criminal complaint regarding the case while maintaining prosecution for libel. Additionally, the court documents go on to mention another 12-minute video that was posted on Fraga’s YouTube channel, where he referred to the auditors as “thieves, idiots, bums, donkeys,” and such other names.
Fraga is quite popular in the county, who back in 2012 promoted bitcoin when their currency was still trading at around $3. His popularity rose when he slammed a case in which a politician sued to get “memes negative towards his campaign” deleted from Facebook.
In the case, Fraga went on to slam the judge who gave permission for the memes to be deleted and was later sued for “moral damages.” He lost the case but was able to get away without paying any charges.
During the time, he was quoted as saying:
“[I wish] the judge good luck to try to access my Bitcoin portfolio.”