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Mastermind Of $4 Billion Bitcoin-Laundering Operation Will Be Extradited To US

Russian national Alexander Vinnik is escorted by police officers as he arrives at a courthouse in Thessaloniki, Greece, October 4, 2017. PHOTO: CBS/Getty

By Tyler Durden | 14 December 2017

ZERO HEDGE — Greece’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Russian national Aleksandr Vinnik, the purported mastermind of what US authorities have described as a $4 billion bitcoin money laundering operation, to avoid extradition to the US, where he has been indicted – along with his former company, mysterious digital currency exchange BTC-e – on nearly two dozen felony counts, including fraud and money laundering.

Russia, where Vinnik is accused of stealing 600,000 rubles ($10,500) from an unidentified entity “using… deception and the internet,” also requested extradition. The competing request had earlier been approved by another court ruling, but the final decision on the matter will be made by the Greek Minister of Justice. […]

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