Reports of the detention of Dmitry Vasiliev, ex-head of the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange Wex, have been confirmed by authorities in Poland. The former manager of the platform, who was allegedly involved in the theft of millions of dollars, is threatened with possible extradition to Kazakhstan.
Prosecutor confirms that Vasiliev is in custody in Poland
Dmitry Vasiliev, who once ran Russia’s largest crypto exchange, was arrested at Warsaw Airport in early August, but the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza spread the news last week, citing unknown sources. A representative of the regional prosecutor in the capital has now Confirmed the arrest to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
The 34-year-old Russian citizen ran the now-defunct Wex, a successor to the infamous BTC-e-exchange, before being sold to a Ukrainian businessman-turned-separatist fighter Dmitry Havchenko in late 2018, stopped withdrawals earlier this year and eventually left bankrupt.
While Vasiliev was officially owned by the Singapore-based operator of Wex, the BBC Russian Service previously announced that Wex was owned by Aleksey Bilyuchenko, a partner of alleged BTC-e administrator Alexander Vinnik. The Russian IT specialist, who is accused of laundering up to $ 9 billion with BTC-e, was sentenced to five years in prison by France last December, which refused to extradite Vinnik to Russia.
The Polish police arrested the former Wex boss with the help of Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization. The Warsaw Public Prosecutor’s Office stated that “Kazakhstan has requested the extradition of Dmitry V”. Vasiliev has been wanted in the Central Asian country since 2019 for fraud allegations related to the stock exchange. Poland has yet to decide whether to extradite him.
The crypto entrepreneur has been in custody since August 11, when the Polish authorities initially arrested him for 40 days. Dmitry Vasiliev is suspected of being involved in the disappearances of $ 450 million worth of assets from citizens of EU member states and other countries around the world.
On Monday someone made the transfer of 9,916. ordered ETH, valued at over $ 30 million, from a wallet from Wex, crypto news agency Forklog reported. the transaction, pending at the time of writing, was canceled after 100. initiated ETH became withdrawn out of the wallet on September 15th. The publication noted that this was the first movement of money in the wallet in the past three years.
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