Paraguayan Senator Salyn Buzarquis has accused high-ranking officials of the National Power Administration of Paraguay (ANDE) of accepting up to $500,000 in monthly bribes to allow illegal Bitcoin (CRYPTO:BTC) mining farms to operate.

Buzarquis implicated ANDE President Felix Sosa, asserting that such corruption could not occur without his knowledge.

In response, ANDE released a statement denying these claims and emphasising its commitment to combating energy theft.

Buzarquis called for Sosa's resignation or an interrogation in the Senate.

The senator's allegations come amid ANDE's recent decision to increase power tariffs for legal cryptocurrency mining operators by up to 14%, a move that has faced significant backlash.

Reports suggest this corruption has been ongoing since 2018.