Bitcoin Exchange Trial Ends With Two Convictions

Two individuals connected to the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Coin.max have been convicted following a trial in New York.

AccessTimeIconMar 20, 2017 at 2:56 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 1:10 p.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global hub for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

Two individuals connected to the now-defunct bitcoin exchange have been convicted following a trial in New York.

A Manhattan jury sided with the prosecution in convicting operator Yuri Lebedev and Pastor Trevon Gross. Both Lebedev and Gross had been charged with bribery and conspiracy charges, while Lebedev was also tried on bank fraud and wire fraud charges. No sentencing date has yet been set, according to a report from Reuters.

Lebedev and operator Anthony Murgio were arrested and charged in 2015 after the exchange's closure, which operated in Florida and allegedly served as a conduit for cybercrime funds. The exchange was also connected to a string of cybercrimes, including a 2014 data breach at JPMorgan Chase which exposed the personal data of tens of millions of customers.

Pastor Trevon Gross was accused of taking $150k in bribes for his role in using a New Jersey credit union to help the exchange process payments. Regulators later moved to shutter that exchange.

Defense attorneys for Gross and Lebedev claimed during the trial that their clients did not know that was running an illegal operation.

Murgio, who plead guilty to charges related to in January, is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Image via Shutterstock


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.