The ‘mastermind’ behind the BTC-e exchange has been handed over to the US

Key facts:
  • BTC-e was an exchange that disappeared in 2017 and was linked to shady deals.

  • In the United States, Alexander Vinnik could face up to 55 years in prison.

CNN reported that the founder of the Bitcoin (BTC) exchange BTC-e, Russian Alexander Vinnik, was extradited to the United States on Friday, a country that is asking him to stand trial for alleged crimes related to money laundering.

In conversation with that medium, Vinick’s attorney, Frederic Bello, suggested that the defendant, who continues to proclaim his innocence, I was on a plane from Athens, Greece, to the United States.

In that country, it is estimated that he will appear in court in the Northern District of California, He will face a trial that could cost him 55 years in prison.

Vinnik, 40, was accused a few years ago of running the now-defunct bitcoin exchange BTC-e, It would serve several groups of hackers and extortionists.

According to the allegations, The defendant has done suspicious business with cybercriminals, drug dealers and identity thieves through his platformaccording to the US Department of Justice.

The defendant was arrested in 2017 in Greece, the same year the exchange was closed, and then sent to France, He was sentenced to five years in prisonspecifically, for money laundering, as reported by CriptoNoticias.






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