On Monday, the trial of Alexander Vinik, accused of laundering $ 4 billion in Bitcoin (BTC), began in Paris.

Despite reports of links to the Mt. In 2014, Gox focused on a € 135 million ($ 159 million) buyback directed to French companies and institutions between 2016 and 2018.

According to the Associated Press, Russian citizen Vinnik is accused of extortion, money laundering and a criminal community after 20 victims of the Locky malware paid a ransom in bitcoins via BTC-e.

Vinnik is allegedly a malware developer and a former operator of the now closed cryptocurrency exchange, although he claims to be just a technical advisor on BTC-e and knew nothing wrong.

If found guilty, Finnick will receive up to 10 years in prison.

According to Cointelegraph, Date was originally arrested in Greece in 2017 at the direction of the US authorities.

A legal tug-of-war ensued, and all plaintiffs from France, the United States and Russia demanded his extradition. Finnik himself spoke in favor of his extradition to Russia, where minor charges were brought against him.

Earlier this year, the Greek authorities decided to extradite him first to France, then to the United States and finally to Russia.

Even after his extradition to France, the Russian authorities unsuccessfully demanded that he return to his homeland under house arrest.

If he is tried in the United States in the future, Vinnik is likely to face charges related to Mt. Gox. The 300,000 bitcoins stolen as a result of the hack were allegedly laundered through the BTC electronic exchange and Vinnik’s personal wallet.

Source: CoinTelegraph

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