A Russian national accused of running a cryptocurrency exchange used to launder proceeds from hacking made his first appearance before San Francisco federal court today.
The United States extradited Alexander Vinnik, 42, from Greece after France returned him there Thursday for court proceedings. A Paris court sentenced Vinnik in December 2020 to a five year sentence for money laundering. Greek authorities first arrested Vinnik in 2017 at the behest of the United States (see: Greece Will Send Russian Cybercrime Suspect to France).
Vinnik, who allegedly founded now-defunct crypto exchange BTC-e in 2011, faces up to 55 years imprisonment under U.S. law for a raft of charges ...
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