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Shayene “shAy” Victorio, a Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) player, has been sentenced to 116 years in prison for embezzlement and larceny. ShAy is a retired professional player who had an 11-year career competing in Counter-Strike 1.6 and CSGO. Her most recent team was Keyd Stars Female, which was the female team for esports organizations Keyd Stars.

Before her sentencing, shAy competed with massive esports names. Her history includes MiBR Girls, ProgGaming.fe, paIN Girls, Bootkamp, and Santos Dexterity. Furthermore, the player has three GamersClub Women’s League titles under her belt. She only recently transitioned from the esports industry to focus on her career as a social media influencer, becoming a full-time Twitch streamer. Her CSGO and Grand Theft Auto V gameplay had garnered more than 30,000 followers.

The accusations against shAy

According to ESPN Brazil, shAy was found guilty of embezzlement and larceny. Reportedly, shAy and a former partner ran an online retail business between 2013 and 2017. The investigation led by the Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime (GAECO) revealed bank statements and tax information unveiling the company failed to provide promised customer goods. Their findings report the company scammed over 116 victims throughout its lifetime.

Official statements

ShAy’s lawyer, Antônio Carneiro, asserts the player’s father and a former partner owned the company, making her guilt and involvement indirect. Daily Esports has translated an official statement from shAy’s lawyer submitted to UOL:

It was a company of Shayene’s ex-partner which indirectly affected her. It was a problem of business administration and after a questionable search and seizure, the company was unable to deliver products to some consumers.

Furthermore, he claims they are appealing the sentence because they find the ruling “absurd.” Moreover, the financial amount claimed in the lawsuit is a gross overestimation. He continues to assert the prosecution failed to provide additional evidence recovered during the investigation, proving the company’s innocence during the initial proceedings.

We are appealing the sentence that was absurd and the amount claimed by consumers does not reach $50,000.

In the allegations and embargoes of declaration that we attached, there is a complaint by the accused, against arbitrary acts in the search and seizure that prove that the prosecution failed to return more than 5,000 notes proving the company’s fairness.

Alongside their statement, shAy took to social media to address the public’s concerns. She wrote on her Instagram account:

I am not arrested and I will not be arrested. It is a situation in which my ex-husband was involved that affected me, and he’s been working on its solution over time. As soon as we broke up he took 100% responsibility.

While shAy’s sentencing is 116 years, the Brazilian law states a maximum time served of 30 years for any crime committed. If her appeal fails, shAy won’t be freed until 2050.

Minna Adel Rubio is an esports journalist with an interest in first-person-shooter games. She specializes in class-based, arena, and tactical shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, Overwatch, and Team Fortress 2. Additionally, Minna is a senior CS:GO guides writer at Dignitas and a graduate student. Catch her on Twitter for memes and more content!