While charges are pending in the US and Russia, Alexander Finnick, who is accused of laundering Bitcoin money, could be tried first in France.
According to Agence France-Presse, a judge in Paris ordered a Russian citizen to be charged with extortion, money laundering, criminal association and fraudulent access to and modification of data in computer systems.
According to Agence France-Presse, the French authorities accused Finike of cheating on more than 100 people of $ 160 million between 2016 and 2018.
Finnick, also known as “Mr. Bitcoin”, is accused of laundering 300,000 Bitcoin (BTC) – around $ 3.4 billion at the time of writing – on the BTC e-crypto exchange over six years to have. He was arrested on vacation in Greece in 2017 on charges from the United States and extradited to France in January.
Triple tug of war
A Russian citizen, Vinik, applied for extradition to his country of origin, where he would reportedly receive fewer charges, including $ 11,000 for defrauding victims.
After his trial in France ends, Finike may be returned to Greece for extradition to the United States as authorities reportedly want to question him about his connection to the infamous rift of Mount M. Gox. Some bitcoin from BTC-e may have come from the now-defunct Japanese crypto exchange.