The case is to do with BTC-e, a digital currency exchanged founded in 2011. “The US Justice Dept attempted to close down BTC-e on the 26th of July 2017 when they charged Alexander Vinnik and BTC-e in a 21-count indictment for operating an alleged international money laundering scheme and allegedly laundering funds from the hack of Mt. Gox”. Source
Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, denied the charges against him Friday during an appearance in a Greek court to fight an extradition request.
Vinnik, 37, was arrested while on vacation in Greece on July25 and detained pending the extradition hearing following a request from U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California. According to U.S. authorities, he ran digital currency exchange BTC-e, and was allegedly involved in laundering money from criminal proceeds.
Complicating matters, Russia is also seeking his extradition on separate fraud charges. A panel of judges is expected to examine that request next week, which Vinnik’s lawyer has said he will not challenge. In Greece, extradition disputes involving two or more countries are typically resolved by the justice minister.
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