On 22 June, the New Zealand Herald reported that Russian IT expert Alexander Vinnik, 37, was on a family holiday in Greece when investigators arrested him on an extradition order from the US, and has since been extradited to France where he remains in custody. Where prosecutors alleged Vinnik controlled a Bitcoin exchange BTC-e which laundered billions of dollars for criminal networks. Now the police in New Zealand has announced around $140 million controlled by a New Zealand company has been frozen in connection to the global investigation and controlled by a New Zealand-registered company.




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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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