Checking a Social Media Claim

Difficulty: 1 (of 5)
Skills: Claim investigation.
Move(s): Find previous/trusted work.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that has been of interest to investors and speculators lately. Chuck E. Cheese is an arcade for kids that uses special mouse-themed coins as tokens for the games.

This story was making the rounds on Twitter recently:


The claim is that a New York man was arrested after selling Chuck E. Cheese tokens as “bitcoins” to apparently dumb-as-a-block-of-wood investors.

So is it true? Find previous/better reporting or fact-checking on this claim. As always, if you submit your answer in the comment box, provide a link supporting your answer and an explanation of how you got there.

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