Alexander Vinnik, accused of laundering of over 300K in Bitcoin [BTC] via cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e, is now expected to face trial within France, following U.S. & Russia.
In line with a recent official press release by Agence France-Presse (AFP), a Paris judge has ordered the Russian national to face trial for extortion, money laundering, criminal association, and fraudulently accessing and modifying data in processing systems.
The AFP stated French authorities have accused Vinnik of defrauding over 100 people out of $160 Mln from 2016 to 2018.
Vinnik, also referred to as “Mr. Bitcoin,” is accused of laundering 300k Bitcoin [BTC] – roughly $3.4 Bln at the reporting time – over the course of 6 years via cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e. He was arrested within a vacation to Greece earlier in 2017 on an indictment from the U.S. & subsequently extradited to France earlier in January this year.
Requesting To Be Extradited Back To Russia
A Russian national, Vinnik previously requested he be extradited to his home country, where he would reportedly face lesser charges involving defrauding victims out of $11k.
After his trial in France concludes, Vinnik might be returned to Greece to face extradition to the U.S., where authorities reportedly want to question him regarding his connection to the infamous hack of Mt. Gox. A number of the Bitcoin from BTC-e may have come from the now defunct Japanese cryptocurrency exchange.