Suspected Criminal Mastermind detained for laundering money through Bitcoin



In Greece, Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik was detained. It is assumed that 38 year-old-man since 2011 is used Crypto Currency to launder more than 4 billion dollars.

Greek police said that Russian man is a head of a criminal group. It is alleged that Vinnik is one of the owners of the BTC-e.  BTC-e is one of the largest crypto currency exchanges in the world, based in Bulgaria, and its server is located in the Seychelles - It is also said that this is criminals favorite platform.

"He is also charged with identity theft, promotion of drug trafficking, and assistance in laundering proceeds from criminal activities for syndicates from around the world." the local report quotes the head of the crime investigation department at the US Internal Revenue Service.

U.S. authorities are sure that some part of money is money obtained as a result of a cyber attack on the Japanese digital currency exchange Mt.Gox, which is now closed.

Vinnik was detained in Greece on 25 July at the request of the American authorities. On set of charges to he faces up to 25 years in prison.

- Christina


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