Russian 'computer genius' Alexander Vinnik convicted of money laundering in France, has $140m in bank funds frozen in New Zealand – New Zealand Herald


Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik has been found guilty of money laundering through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange and now faces extradition to the United States. Photo / Getty Images

Arrested while on holiday in Greece in 2017, Russian national Alexander Vinnik fought extradition to the United States and France for three years. Those appeals were dismissed and the 41-year-old stood trial in France where he was convicted of money laundering through a Bitcoin cryptocurrency exchange. His legal woes are far from over, however. The US still want to extradite him on serious criminal charges, while $140 million sits frozen in New Zealand bank accounts. Jared Savage reports.

A Russian “computer genius” with $140 million in frozen bank funds in New Zealand has been convicted of money laundering in France.

Alexander Vinnik was arrested while on holiday in Greece in 2017 and extradited

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