Alleged BTC-E Admin and Bitcoin Launderer Will Be Extradited to US
Alleged BTC-E Admin and Bitcoin Launderer Will Be Extradited to US
Greek Court Backs Extradition of Alleged Bitcoin Exchange Operator to US Oct 4 2017 at 10:30 UTC by Rachel Rose O'Leary
05 October, 2017, 00:54
US prosecutors are reportedly seeking a prison sentence of more than 50 year for Levashov.
Vinnik, who managed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the Bitcoin crypto-currency, was indicted by a United States court in late July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking, to money laundering. Vinnik, suspected of laundering $4 billion worth of bitcoin, was arrested while vacationing in northern Greece in July 2017.
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According to Russian Civic Chamber Deputy Secretary Sergey Ordzhonikidze, a Greek court's decision to extradite Russian national Alexander Vinnik to the United States violates the Russia-Greece legal assistance agreement.
The Russian man faces up to 55 years in prison and a fine of $12 million.
At present, Vinnik's lawyers are appealing to the Greek Supreme Court, claiming that there are "insufficient indications, let alone evidence" against the accused.
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