Gov’t aware of fugitive scammer’s location in Belarus, says mobster Peker

Organised crime boss Sedat Peker on Saturday claimed Turkish officials were turning a blind eye to the location of a fugitive wanted in connection to a Ponzi scheme that pocketed millions of dollars from victims.

Mehmet Aydın, the 26-year-old founder of the popular game Farm Bank, who is wanted for defrauding players of their investments, is in Belarus and not in South America, as reported by Turkish media, Peker said on Twitter.

"It is evident that some people within the state, which has not brought this person back from Belarus, are receiving dividends from this money,’’ the 49-year-old mob leader said.

Aydın first made headlines in 2017, after his popular social media game FarmVille, in which users would buy virtual animals and farming equipment with real money with the promise of quick, lucrative profits, hit a legal hurdle after users complained about broken promises.

Aydın announced on Jan.9, 2018 that the media game would not be accepting new users, followed by another announcement that investors' would not be getting their money back on time as the banks refused to work with his company after the complaints.

Aydın, who is on Interpol’s most-wanted list was reported to have fled to Uruguay in March 2018 after stealing some 1.1 billion liras ($193 million) from more than 130,000 people.

"Why is the exalted state of Turkey not bringing this individual back to Turkey?’’ Peker asked, adding that certain people who visited Aydın in Belarus were acting as ‘’intermediaries’’ between the fugitive and the government.