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Accused BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik has reportedly been extradited to the United States to face multiple money laundering-related charges while working at the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange.

For the past five years, Vinnik has been embroiled in legal troubles over his alleged role as the mastermind behind BTC-e. The cryptocurrency exchange is said to have profited from various illicit activities using the platform to launder about $4 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC).

Vinnik’s attorney, Frédéric Bélot Tell US news network CNN reported on August 5 that Vinnick was on his way from Greece to the United States, and he will face a series of charges in the Northern District Court of California. Among other charges, the Russian national is charged with money laundering and operating an unlicensed money service in the United States.

The accused has been serving a five-year sentence in France since December 2020, having been convicted of money laundering as part of an organised crime group. Vinnik’s lawyers launched an unsuccessful appeal, insisting that Vinnik was merely an employee of the exchange and was not involved in BTC-e’s illegal activities.

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Vinnick was first arrested in Greece while on vacation in 2017, and the United States, France and Russia have sparred over his extradition since then. The Greek Council of State has opted to extradite Vinnik to France in early 2020, despite repeated Russian attempts to request his transfer to their jurisdiction.

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Vinnik has agreed to Russia’s extradition request, given that the charges he faces are much less severe. In contrast, Vinnik faces up to 55 years in prison in the United States on 21 counts of unlicensed money services business, money laundering and related crimes brought by the Justice Department.