“Cryptocurrency king” winnick admitted money laundering

“Cryptocurrency king” winnick admitted money laundering

Russian Alexander Vinnik, a suspect in the US in the laundering of four billion dollars for cryptocurrency exchange, has admitted to stealing money on a large scale.

USA in absentia accused detained in Greece over Russian Alexander winnick in the organization of schemes for laundering more than four billion dollars through the popular bitcoin exchange BTC-e. According to the American Ministry of justice, winnick created not only exchange, but also was involved in the hacking of her more popular rival Mt. Gox.

Voluntary surrender entered to the Prosecutor General of Russia. It says that from 2011 to 2017 winnick caused to an unidentified group of Russian citizens material damage at 750 million rubles. In addition, the man confessed to the fraud in the field of computer information systems in especially large size, having access to the exchange btc-e.com.

The document was sent to the police Department at the Ostankino district of Moscow for further action.

Information about the confession confirmed Greek lawyer winnik. According to him, the recognition can serve as the basis for a new request to give her a Russian citizen.

Winnick was arrested on 25 July 2017, when he spent holidays in the North of Greece. In October, a local court ruled to extradite the suspect of the United States, however, this decision was appealed. 13 October it was reported that the Supreme court of Greece upheld the lower court decision for the extradition of a man in the United States. The final decision on the fate of the Russian is to make the Minister of justice of Greece.

In total through BTC-e had washed about 300 thousands of bitcoins and tens of thousands of other cryptocurrencies, and among her clients were many of Americans. That is why one of the first points of guilty was the lack of company registration in the Ministry of Finance of the United States.

In addition, the Ministry of justice considered that winnick has neglected the fight against money laundering: the area was a popular place for the withdrawal of proceeds from the sale of drugs, weapons, foreclosures for hacker attacks and other illegal activity.

In this regard, the Russian also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering. Clients of the market provided maximum anonymity: regardless of the amount of administration did not require confirmation of identity and did not burden users with unnecessary formalities.

In Russia, BTC-e blocked from January 2016 by the decision of Primorsky district court of St. Petersburg, which ruled that the information posted on the site, in the country is illegal.

In Russia winnick is accused of fraud in the amount of 667 thousand rubles. In the U.S., he faces up to 55 years in prison and a multimillion-dollar fine.

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