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The alleged co-owner of the BTC-e exchange was released

The alleged co-owner of the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, a citizen of Belarus and Cyprus, Alexander Klimenko, accused by the US authorities of conspiracy to launder money and conduct an illegal financial business, was released in early May on bail in the amount of $3 million. The Telegram channel reports this. “Mendeleevism”.

According to the document cited, the defendant was not completely restricted in his freedom of movement, but was required to observe a curfew and remain at his place of residence every day from 18:00 to 09:00.

Klimenko was detained in Latvia on December 21, 2023 at the request of American authorities and extradited to the United States.

According to investigators, from 2011 to July 2017, he controlled the BTC-e exchange together with Alexander Vinnik and other accomplices. He also allegedly owned the technology company Soft-FX and the forex broker FXOpen.

On the totality of charges, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

In early May, the second alleged co-owner of BTC-e, Russian Alexander Vinnik, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange and for losses amounting to at least $121 million.

The hearing in Vinnik’s case is scheduled for July 12.

Source: Cryptocurrency

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