Here’s where the makeshift crypto mining went down. Photo: Cohasset Police Department
A Massachusetts teacher is facing charges after authorities say he carried out an elaborate cryptocurrency mining operation out of the school where he worked. Nadeam Nahas, 39, was teaching at Cohasset High School when a town facilities inspector visited the school and found an unusual electrical setup in one room.
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The excessive number of computers, electrical wires, and temporary duct work prompted Cohasset Police Detectives to be called to the school and “investigate a report of a possible Crypto Currency mining operation that was discovered in a remote crawl space under the school,” Cohasset Police Chief William Quigly said in a statement to Gizmodo.
Police were alerted by the town’s IT director and requested the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the crawl space under the school. The teams safely removed all equipment and forensically examined its origin over a three-month period leading them to identify Nahas as a person of interest.
Authorities first discovered the makeshift mining setup in December 2021 which revealed that not only was Nahas allegedly carrying out an illegal operation, he was also using taxpayer money to work off the electric grid. Because Crypto’s a digital currency, it can