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$20M cash found stuffed under mattress in pyramid scheme investigation

The giant pile of cash turned up inside a box spring.

The giant pile of cash turned up inside a box spring.  (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji, File)

You'd think that much cold, hard cash would make for an uncomfortable night's sleep.

The AP reports a 28-year-old Brazilian man was arrested this week in Massachusetts after authorities found about $20 million hidden in a box spring.

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The arrest of Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha is connected to an investigation into TelexFree, an alleged pyramid scheme, according to Reuters.

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Authorities say TelexFree was originally created to swindle Brazilian immigrants but ended up taking $1.8 billion from nearly 1 million people around the world.

Authorities say Rocha, acting as a courier for the nephew of TelexFree's founder, delivered a suitcase containing $2.2 million to a cooperating witness. They then followed him to an apartment where they found $20 million more under a mattress.

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