A court in the United States has arrested a citizen of Russia and Sweden, Roman Sterlgov, on charges of laundering bitcoins worth $336 million.
It is noted that the Russian is charged with three counts, including money laundering, making money transfers without a license, and running a transfer business without a license. According to the documents, Sterling headed the Bitcoin Fog website, which helped вЂњcover the tracksвЂќ of bitcoin transactions, ensuring their anonymity.
вЂњMore than 1.2 million bitcoins, estimated at $335,809,383 at the time of transactions, were sent through the site from October 2011 to the present moment,вЂќ says the testimony of the special agent of the US tax service IRS David Beckett, on which the prosecution is based.
The documents also note that part of this amount вЂ” at least $78 million-passed through the services of various вЂњshadow InternetвЂќ trading platforms for the sale of drugs, such as Silk Road, Agora, and AlphaBay.