Ignatov signed a plea on Oct. 4 and faces up to 90 years in prison for money laundering and fraud charges.
Money Laundering News
Every government in the world is afraid of the relative anonymity of virtual money. The explanation of that is that a government’s financial organs can’t find a viable path to minimize the risks related to the financing of terrorism and cryptocurrency money laundering. But the truth is that Bitcoin money laundering is not widespread. For instance, less than 1% of transactions between 2013 and 2016 were with cryptocurrencies of illegal origin while 2-5% of worldwide GDP is laundered annually. Due to the character of a public blockchain and the need to transfer virtual money to fiat, Bitcoins can indeed be controlled much easier. Therefore, cryptocurrency money laundering is a really complex process where even absolute anonymity is not a key to success.
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