Judge orders a trial in France for Alexander Vinnik, an alleged BTC washer

Also awaiting charges in the United States and Russia, alleged Bitcoin washer Alexander Vinnik could face trial in France first.

According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency, a judge in Paris has ordered that the Russian citizen be tried for extortion, money laundering, criminal association and fraudulent access to and modification of data in data processing systems.

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AFP stated that the French authorities have accused Vinnik of defrauding more than 100 people out of USD 160 million between 2016 and 2018.

Vinnik, also known as „Mr. Bitcoin,“ is accused of laundering 300,000 Bitcoin Method, approximately 3.4 billion at press time, over six years through the BTC-e cryptomoney exchange. He was arrested during a vacation in Greece in 2017 on a U.S. charge and later extradited to France in January.

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Vinnik, a Russian national, had previously requested extradition to his home country, where he reportedly faced minor charges related to the fraud.

After his trial in France concludes, Vinnik could be returned to Greece to be extradited to the United States, where authorities reportedly want to question him regarding his connection to the infamous Mt. Some of BTC-e’s Bitcoins may have come from the now-defunct Japanese crypto currency exchange.