Vinnik Confesses to Fraud Via BTC-e

Vinnik admitted that in the period from 2011 to 2017 as a result of his fraudulent actions, a group of Russian citizens suffered material damage
23 May 2018   397

Russian Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece on suspicion of laundering $ 4 billion through the BTC-e crypto exchange, confessed to Russian law enforcement agencies in fraudulent activities on the territory of the country, which caused damage of 750 million rubles. This was reported by Russian media Interfax with reference to an informed source.

The appearance with the guilt of Vinnik went to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and is now transferred to the police department in the Ostankino district of Moscow for a procedural decision.

As noted in the document, Vinnik admitted that in the period from 2011 to 2017 as a result of his fraudulent actions, namely through money laundering, an unspecified group of Russian citizens suffered material damage amounting to 750 million rubles. In addition, having access to the btc-e.com exchange, he committed fraud in the field of computer information in an especially large amount.

Vinnik's Greek lawyer Ilias Spirliadis explained that the turnout "with the guilt" can become the basis for Russia's new request for the extradition of its citizen to it. "

Earlier in May, Alexander Vinnik refused to deal with the US authorities, which offered him a minimum prison sentence in exchange for confession.

WEX to be Called for Singapore Court

Thai citizen, ex BTC-e trader Pimporn Karti, filed a claim for $2,600,000 to WEX 
12 July 2018   867

In accordance with the order issued by the High Court of Singapore with respect to World Exchange Services (WEX), the defendant is obligated to pay Pimporn Karti, a Thai citizen, $ 2,619,912.08 plus additional SGD 2,000 or appear on 12 July to protect its interests in the trial. Otherwise, the court can make a decision not in favor of the defendant without further notice, the document says. This is reported by Coin Radio.

WEX is the legal successor to the infamous BTC-e exchange - once the largest Russian crypto exchange. BTC-e ceased to exist after the arrest in July 2017 Alexander Vinnik. At the same time, the FBI arrested the exchange server in the data center in New Jersey.

According to the statement of claim, which is attached to the court summons sent to WEX, on September 19, 2017, the crypto-exchange on its official website notified that it received from the BTC-e digital user profiles in full. At the same time, access to the client's assets was lost.

The plaintiff since 2012 was the trader of the BTC-e site, where he had three accounts with four crypto-currencies: bitcoin, ether, lightcoin and Namecoin. As of July 3, 2017, one of the accounts held 10 572.36 LTC coins. The plaintiff does not remember the balances of the other two accounts, because since July 25, access to the BTC-e platform was impossible.

On September 20, WEX returned access to the system. Upon entering the account, the plaintiff discovered that the structure of the balances on his accounts changed, some funds were lost.

Then the husband of Pimporn Carti contacted the WEX support service and asked to return the balances to the previous state. He was told that all claims of customers for reimbursement are considered by a third party - the company FXOpen, which provides trading services in the forex market. On October 2, 2017, FXOpen informed the plaintiff by e-mail that it had no means of BTC-e in its system and recommended to contact the representatives of this site again.

However, the defendant did not comply with the request and did not provide a report on how the balances of the plaintiff's accounts were reduced.

At the moment, Pimporn Carti, a Thai citizen, has the following requirements for WEX:

  • return the balances according to the following structure: 139,81467001 BTC, 11,645.36 LTC, 715.21047164 Name coins, 49.61 ETH;
  • as an alternative: to pay monetary compensation in the amount of 3 512 306.53 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to $ 2 619 912.08. The amount is calculated in accordance with the WEX crypto exchange rate as of May 25, 2018;
  • as an alternative: provide all the necessary data on the balances of all plaintiff accounts opened in BTC-e and transferred to WEX.