“Crypto King” Aiden Pleterski kidnapped, held for ransom: report

A self-proclaimed “crypto king” was allegedly kidnapped, reportedly suffering days of torture and attacks by attackers who demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom.

Aiden Pleterski, 23, of Ontario, Canada, was “kidnapped” from Toronto in December and held hostage by kidnappers who were demanding at least $3 million, his father and associates said, CTV News Toronto reported.

Details of the kidnapping were revealed in court filings related to a bankruptcy proceeding in which Pleterski allegedly spent millions of dollars living lavishly rather than investing.

“They held him for about three days, drove him around different parts of southern Ontario, beat him, tortured him and allowed him to only make calls to certain people. I wasn’t among the people he was allowed to contact,” his father, who has not been identified, said in December.

Aiden Pleterski is pictured
Aiden Pleterski

Aiden Pleterski
Pleterski is pictured with rapper Machine Gun Kelly

While being held in captivity, Pleterski contacted his landlord and asked for $3 million, court documents say.

“I got several calls from Aiden, but it was late at night,” the landlord said, “and then around 1:30 a.m. I finally had enough and took the call.”

The landlord shared how Pleterski said he couldn’t call anyone, to which he replied, “There’s absolutely nothing I can do.”

Aiden Pleterski is pictured
Aiden Pleterski

Pleterski is embroiled in a bankruptcy battle in which he was allegedly asked to invest over $40 million — and instead spent nearly $16 million on lavish vacations, expensive cars and private planes, according to CTV News.

Bankruptcy trustee Rob Stelzer told CTV Pleterski: “He ran a business that he told people he was going to invest their money in and that didn’t happen.”

“He really didn’t do what he said,” Stelzer added.

Aiden Pleterski is pictured in a bar
Aiden Pleterski

Image of a Lamborghini steering wheel posted by Pieterski
Aiden Pleterski shared a picture of the steering wheel of a Lamborghini

In early December, Stelzer told CTV he was informed by Toronto police that Pleterski had been kidnapped, adding, “I mean, obviously he owes a lot of people a lot of money.”

According to the report, Pleterski actually invested less than 2% of the funds.

https://nypost.com/2023/03/26/canada-crypto-king-reportedly-abducted-held-for-ransom/ “Crypto King” Aiden Pleterski kidnapped, held for ransom: report


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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