After an investigation conducted by federal and state investigators in Tampa on Friday morning, the minor was arrested, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement on Friday.
Warren said his office is handling the prosecution because Florida law allows a minor to be charged more flexibly than federal law in a case like this.
“The FBI and the Department of Justice will continue to participate in the office with the entire prosecution,” he said.
“These crimes were eliminated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the primary victims here. This bitcon was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. It was accused of massive fraud. It is right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for it, “Warren said.