Greece detains Russian suspected of laundering $4bn through bitcoins on US request
The eliminated group owns and operates "one of the world's largest cybercrime sites".
In the city of Thessaloniki, north of Greece, a 38-year-old Russian was detained on suspicion of laundering $4 billion by an organized group. The Associated Press reports this.
According to law enforcement officers, the suspect, whose name is not disclosed, developed a fraudulent scheme for money laundering in 2011. To implement it, a Russian organized a gang. In the message of the Greek police, the detainee is called the ‘brain’ of the gang. Moreover, it is stated that the group owns and operates "one of the world's largest cybercrime sites". Scammers legalize criminal proceeds, converting them into bitcoins. During its existence, the group managed to launder $4 billion.
Note that the Russian wanted by the US authorities. American law enforcers cooperated with the Greek side in establishing the identity of the Russian and his detention. The arrest warrant was issued by the US Justice Department. During the search in the hotel room, there was seized electronic equipment belonging to the detainee.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).