Myles G Investments tells CoinMarketCap he "made a mistake that hurt many people" — and says his controversial project is rebranding after being threatened with legal action by Dogecoin.
The lead organizer of a controversial crypto project has confirmed to CoinMarketCap that he was charged with kidnapping and robbing a woman at gunpoint back in 2011.
Police said Watkins had masqueraded as the employee of a modeling agency in Miami to win the victim's trust — and that he held a gun to her head while demanding she hand over a $15,000 Rolex watch. It was later found to be a pellet gun.
Speaking to CoinMarketCap via direct message on Twitter, Myles G Investments confirmed that the speculation about his criminal past was true — and he "made a mistake that hurt many people," adding:
"I was young, immature, on drugs, and had no direction in life. The pain I caused others with the mistake I made nearly 11 years ago immediately caused me to reflect over my life, past actions, and the path I was headed on."
Watkins, who has 146,000 YouTube subscribers, claimed that he was now "a successful business owner and a multimillionaire with a passion to help people discover financial freedom through investing and trading cryptocurrencies," adding:
"My past actions and life have become a powerful testimony for many to encourage others that all things are possible that you put your mind to, and that people can change."
Accept Dogecoin Site Taken Down
In response to the threat of legal action from the Dogecoin Foundation, Watkins confirmed that Accept Dogecoin is now changing its name and logo, adding:
"Now, instead of us trying to get companies to accept only Dogecoin, we will try to get companies to accept all cryptocurrencies."
Accept Dogecoin's website has now been taken down, and its Twitter account has been deleted.
Matt Wallace, a prominent crypto YouTuber who had expressed an interest in being involved with Accept Dogecoin, refused to tell CoinMarketCap whether he was comfortable being personally involved in a project where the lead organizer had a historical conviction for a violent crime. However, he did say:
"I am not someone who judges people for their past. Everyone deserves a chance to learn and become a better person today. Especially it is something from a young age that was a long time ago. The precedent of making a social outcast for life of anyone in that situation would not be healthy for society imo."