Alexander Vinnik was charged with 17 counts of money laundering and two counts of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. Both BTC-e (by way of an alleged holding company named Canton Business Corporation) and Vinnik were also charged with one count of operating an unlawful money services business and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Prosecutors further alleged that Alexander Vinnik “received funds from the infamous computer intrusion or “hack” of Mt. Gox” – echoing claims released earlier today by the independent research group WizSec, which has investigated the theft of funds from the now-defunct Japan-based bitcoin exchange.
According to the Department of Justice, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed a $110m civil penalty against BTC-e, as well as a $12m penalty against Alexander Vinnik.
If convicted, Alexander Vinnik faces as many as 55 years in prison.
Download the full unsealed superseding indictment here