The juvenile was arrested Friday morning in Tampa following an investigation conducted by federal and state investigators, Hillsborough Attorney General Andrew Warren said in a statement Friday.
Warren said his office was dealing with prosecution because Florida law allows more flexibility than federal law to charge a juvenile as an adult in a case like this.
“The FBI and the Department of Justice will continue to cooperate with the office throughout the prosecution,” he said.
“These crimes were committed using the names of celebrities and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This BitCon was created to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we’re not going to stand for that, ”Warren said.