Alexander Vinnik, the alleged BTC-e operator, was reportedly extradited to America to answer multiple money laundering allegations while working at the now deceased. cryptocurrency exchange.
For the past five years, Vinnik has been embroiled in legal battles over his alleged role as the creator of BTC-e. The crypto exchange would profit from various illicit activities that they would use the platform for launder about $ 4 billion via Bitcoin.
Vinnik’s lawyer, Frédéric Bélot, reported to the American television network CNN Vinnik’s transit from Greece to the United States, where he will face a series of charges in the Northern District Court of California. The Russian citizen is accused of money laundering and operating an unlicensed financial service in America, among other charges.
Since December 2020, the defendant is already serving one five years in France, following a conviction for money laundering as part of an organized criminal group. Vinnik’s lawyers had appealed that was not successfulclaiming that Vinnik was just an employee of the exchange, with no involvement in the illicit activities of BTC-e.
Vinnik was originally arrested in Greece during his 2017 vacation – the United States, France and Russia ever since they clashed for his extradition. At the beginning of 2020, the Greek Council of State opted for Vinnik’s extradition to France, despite Russia’s numerous attempts to request transit in its jurisdiction.
As Cointelegraph previously reported, Vinnik had accepted the extradition request from Russia, considering the far less serious allegations. In contrast, in America Vinnik faces up to 55 years in prison on 21 counts of unlicensed financial activity, money laundering and related crimes filed by the Justice Department.
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