Bitcoin exchange rejected the connection with the prisoner in Greece by the Russians

Bitcoin exchange rejected the connection with the prisoner in Greece by the Russians

Bitcoin exchange BTC-e has denied any ties with the detainees in Greece for money laundering via bitcoin Russian Alexander Vinnik.

This is stated in the message exchange, published on the BitcoinTalk forum.

“We officially declare: Alexander has never been an officer or employee of our service. Sincerely, btc-e”, — stated in the message.

Vinnik were arrested in Greece on July 26 on suspicion of laundering $4 billion through bitcoins. He was arrested on request of the United States, where on July 27 he was charged. The Grand jury of San Francisco in California believes that for these purposes, the 38-year-old Russian used the bitcoin exchange BTC-e.

Winnick is accused of laundering money obtained after the hacking and bankruptcy of the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox (it was concentrated 70% of total world trade in bitcoins). In 2014, hackers stole from the stock exchange of 850 thousand bitcoins (about $500 million at the exchange rate at the time of the abduction), about 306 thousand bitcoins were withdrawn in the associated BTC-e electronic wallets.

According to the prosecution, Vinnik, leading for six years the criminal group, their actions also contributed to the theft of user data, the drug trade and money laundering by international criminal syndicates.

Russian detained, but denies any wrongdoing. The Greek authorities started negotiations on his extradition. In the United States winnick threatens from 5 till 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of $500 thousand.

As he wrote RBC in 2014, BTC-e was founded in June 2011 by residents of Russia and graduates “SKOLKOVO” on behalf of Aleksey and Alexander. As told RBC one of the users of VTS-s, entry of bitcoins into the account the exchange took 5%, conclusion 5% to 7%. In the Russian site BTC-e blocked by a court decision in January 2016.

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