A Paris judge has officially ordered the trial of alleged BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik to begin.
- In a report from the Moscow Times on Monday citing AFP, Vinnik's lawyer and others said he will face charges of defrauding more than 100 people in six French cities from 2016 to 2018.
- Vinnik will also face charges of extortion, aggravated money laundering, conspiracy and harming automatic data-processing systems as the head of the now-shuttered crypto exchange BTC-e, an AFP source said.
- Law enforcement agencies moved to halt operations of the exchange in 2017.
- The suspect, who maintains his innocence, had hoped to be extradited to Russia, where he would face less severe fraud charges for the amount of €9,500 ($11,200).
- Vinnik is also facing 21 charges from U.S. authorities ranging from money laundering and identity theft to facilitating drug trafficking.
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