Danish Man Faces Over 4 Years in Prison for Laundering $450K With Bitcoin
A 33-year old Danish man laundered $450,000 by depositing dirty money in Bitcoin and sending it to exchanges overseas.
Danish police reportedly detected the intruder through an investigation of card abuse after they found that one of the criminal’s bank accounts was connected to a blackmail and extortion scam.
The police commissioner stated that authorities are well equipped to combat illegal activities associated with crypto industry, claiming that they are “willing to prioritize the resources to investigate complex cases on the Internet.”
Criminal use of cryptocurrencies has been a subject of increasing concern to regulators, as some believe that crypto affords criminals a high degree of anonymity.
While multiple reports state that cryptocurrencies represent a poor form of money for criminals as compared to fiat money, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF) measures in the crypto space remain highly discussed among regulators globally.
In late March, American non-profit think tank RAND Corporation released a report claiming that cryptocurrencies are not well-suited for the needs of terrorist groups. While arguing that crypto poses no sufficient threat as a method of terrorism financing, the think tank stated that the lack of crypto regulations combined with anonymity and improved security could increase the potential use of crypto by terrorists in future.