Cryptocurrency mine secretly operated inside Mass. school crawlspace, police say

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A former Cohasset, Massachusetts, school employee is accused of running an operation to cash on cryptocurrency in by stealing electricity.

Officially, Nadeam Nahas worked for the Cohasset school system in the facilities department. But the Cohasset Police Department alleges he also secretly operated a cryptocurrency mine inside a crawlspace in Cohasset Middle / High School, stealing nearly $18,000 in electricity from the district to do so.

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In December 2021, school staff called Cohasset police after finding multiple computers, wires, and ventilation equipment inside a crawlspace in the building that houses Cohasset Middle and High School. Police say the town’s IT director recognized the set up as a crypto mine, and town investigators enlisted the help of the Department of Homeland Security to remove the equipment and examine it.


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After a three month investigation, police say the mine ran for eight months, racking up $17,492 in electricity. They identified Assistant Facilities Director Nadeam Nahas as the man who set the mine up. He’s now facing charges of fraudulent use of electricity and vandalizing a school.

When reached by phone, Nahas declined to comment. He will be arraigned Thursday in Quincy District Court.


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