The Russian national who is facing crypto-related charges in the Northern District Court of California is reportedly being extradited from Greece to the US.
Alexander Vinnik is known as the operator of BTC-e, a multibillion-dollar cryptocurrency exchange with alleged ties to criminal organizations.
Vinnik is accused of laundering funds from the infamous hack of the now-defunct digital asset exchange Mt. Gox through various exchanges, including BTC-e.
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Vinnik was arrested in Greece in 2017 and extradited to France, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering. The United States and Russia both filed extradition requests from Greece, but the US is getting custody of Vinnik based on recent developments.
Citing Frédéric Bélot, Vinnik’s lawyer in France, CNN reports that the accused is