MOSCOW, March 26 (RAPSI) – Two former staffers of the Crimean government office have been fined 30,000 rubles ($530) each for illegal cryptocurrency mining, the Investigative Committee’s local directorate reports Monday.

Investigators claimed that from September 20, 2016 to January 31, 2017, the defendants organized a process of bitcoin calculation in the Cabinet’s building for making personal profit. They converted cryptocurrency blocks calculated with the use of the Crimean government office’s electronic computing machine (ECM) into Russian rubles in the amount of 15,000 rubles ($260), the statement reads.

According to expert's opinion, they consumed electric energy totaling to more than 57,000 rubles ($1,000).

The defendants have been charged with abuse of power. They have paid full damages during investigation, according to the Investigative Committee.