Drug addict coaxed into life of crime by bitcoin millionaire boyfriend after meeting him in rehab

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A glamorous young woman with a drug addiction was coaxed into a life of crime after she met an overnight Bitcoin millionaire in rehab.

Kaori Celine Nakase, 23, moved to Queensland to start a fresh life and enrolled herself in a drug rehabilitation program where she met her boyfriend, who made $10million through Bitcoin.

The court heard he gave her $637,000 in October 2019 to buy a Lamborghini Huracan from a dealership in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast Daily reported.   

The Huracan was registered in Nakase’s name and was involved in a police pursuit where the male driver managed to run from police.

Kaori Celine Nakase (pictured) jointly owns a house with Mr Nelson, which was allegedly purchased outright 'using a deliberately complex series of transactions'

Kaori Celine Nakase, 23, appeared via video link at Maroochydore District Court, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, on Wednesday charged with a string of offences

They both swore in an affidavit the car was stolen but the boyfriend was later caught in the car speeding more than 200km/h on the Bruce Highway at Morayfield.

‘About 10 days later, the defendant swore an affidavit stating that she allowed people to drive her car for cash,’ Crown prosecutor Will Slack told the court. 

Nakase later confessed that she had lied in the affidavits.

The 23-year-old was pulled over while driving the car on November 8 and tested positive to having meth in her system. 

Nakase and her partner had also bought a house in Pimpama worth $745,000. 

Mr Slack told the court it was believed both the Huracan and house the pair bought were purchased with the proceeds earned from dealing drugs. 

Nakase appeared via video link at Maroochydore District Court, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, on Wednesday charged with a string of offences.

A $637,000 Lamborghini Huracan (pictured) registered in Ms Nakase's name was allegedly purchased using laundered money

The court heard Nakase was given $637,000 from her boyfriend in October 2019 to buy a Lamborghini Huracan (pictured) from a dealership in Brisbane

She pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice, two counts of possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence and one count of driving with a drug in her system.  

Defence barrister Martin Longhurst said his client had come from a ‘difficult’ upbringing after suffering abuse and homelessness during high school.

Following this she started abusing Ritalin but moved to methamphetamine because it was cheaper and became addicted.

Mr Longhurst said Nakase was influenced by her partner as he was overbearing.

‘It is reasonable to suspect that the money actually put into Bitcoin in the first place probably came from drugs and it was just by sheer dumb luck,’ Mr Longhurst told the court.

She plead guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice, two counts of possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence and one count of driving with a drug in her system at Maroochydore District Court (pictured)

She plead guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice, two counts of possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence and one count of driving with a drug in her system at Maroochydore District Court (pictured)

‘He was probably using Bitcoin to hide money. Bitcoin shot up by several thousand per cent in the stock market.’

Judge Gary Long acknowledged that Nakase’s vulnerability had been taken advantage of and placed her on a three-year probation.

She has also been disqualified from driving for one month for driving with a drug in her system.

No conviction was recorded as it was noted it could prevent Nakase from becoming employed in medicine in her future.    

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