Alexander Vinnik, 38, has been arrested in Greece on a U.S. warrant. While he is suspected of running one of the largest online money laundering operations, additional reports are emerging naming him as the mastermind behind the Mt. Gox heist that sent Bitcoin spiraling out of control in The Man Behind the BTC-e Exchange. Dec 07, · PARIS (AP) — A Russian bitcoin expert at the center of a multi-country legal tussle was sentenced in Paris on Monday to five years in prison for money . Dec 08, · Russian sentenced to French prison for bitcoin laundering December 7, The Associated Press Article, Business FILE - In this Oct.4, file photo, police officers escort Alexander Vinnik, center as they leave a courthouse at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.
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By Angeliki Koutantou. ATHENS Reuters - A Russian national suspected of masterminding a money-laundering operation using bitcoin was transferred to prison in Greece on Friday, while the United States prepares documentation to back an extradition request for him.
He was arrested in northern Greece on July 25 on the basis of a U. Vinnik was arrested at a hotel in the Chalkidiki region. Alexander Vinnik, who is also wanted in the United States and in Russia, faces up to ten years in prison at his Paris trial over charges of extortion, money laundering and criminal association.
In France, companies, legal offices and local councils were targeted between and Vinnik, 41, says he was a only technical consultant at BTC-e and had no knowledge of illegal activity. He has denied any wrongdoing. While details remain sketchy as to the Chinese mining giant Bitmain is in the midst of a power struggle.
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