BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Charges

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Alexander Vinnik, a former operator of the BTC-e exchange, has admitted to a conspiracy to launder money. This admission of guilt comes over six years following his arrest in Greece on July 25, 2017.


BTC-e’s Vinnik Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

The Department of Justice has revealed that Alexander Vinnik has accepted responsibility for money laundering charges. The agency detailed that BTC-e utilized multiple shell companies for operations, some of which Vinnik allegedly established himself. The DOJ extended gratitude to its Office of International Affairs and Greece for facilitating Vinnik’s extradition to the United States.

“Today’s result shows how the Justice Department, working with international partners, reaches across the globe to combat [crypto crime],” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco remarked. “This guilty plea reflects the Department’s ongoing commitment to use all tools to fight money laundering, police crypto markets, and recover restitution for victims.”

Vinnik was detained in 2017 in Ouranoupoli, Greece, following a U.S. request. The DOJ alleges that BTC-e processed transactions valued at $9 billion, resulting in criminal damages exceeding $100 million. He faced formal accusations of conspiring to launder money and operating an unlicensed money services business linked to BTC-e. On Friday, the DOJ announced that a federal district court judge would set Vinnik’s sentence, taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and various statutory factors.

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