Russian indicted in US for running bitcoin money laundering ring

By REUTERS
July 27, 2017 06:51
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A Russian national suspected of being the mastermind behind a crypto-currency exchange has been indicted by a grand jury in California on money laundering charges, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece on Tuesday, allegedly operated the BTC-e virtual currency exchange and used it to launder money, including funds from the hack of Mt. Gox, an earlier digital currency exchange that eventually failed, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Vinnik was arrested earlier this week in Thessaloniki, Greece and was subsequently extradited to the US. 


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