A Ukrainian detained in New York faces 20 years in prison for laundering $94 million through Bitcoin.


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New York resident Vitaly Antonenko faces 20 years in prison and a large fine for a number of crimes using Bitcoin. This was reported on the website of the US Attorney's Office.

Antonenko is accused of a series of cybercrimes aimed at stealing information about bank cards. According to investigators, he and his accomplices sold the stolen data on the darknet. The money he earned was allegedly laundered using Bitcoin.

He was detained last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport immediately after arriving from Ukraine. Undercover agents were able to link Antonenko to two Bitcoin wallets through which $94 million passed. At the time of the arrest, both wallets contained more than $140,000 in BTC.

Boston prosecutors filed charges this week that could see Antonenko face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

Last year, Antonenko's lawyers requested a psychiatric examination for their client. According to them, the young man had problems with communication. They also suggested that their client was secretly working for the CIA.

At the end of February, a cyber policeman was detained in Ukraine for extorting a bribe in bitcoins.

In the same month, Ukrainian hackers who developed phishing software to steal cryptocurrency were detained in the Odessa region