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Feds seize BTC-E.com domain following Russian operator’s arrest in Greece


The domain BTC-E.com has been seized by the U.S. Federal Government, following the arrest of the marketplace’s Russian founder, in Greece.

A new lander image appears at BTC-E.com, stating the following:

Pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey under the authority of 18 U.S.C., 981, 1956(a)(1)(A), and 1960 – as part of a joint law enforcement operation and action by:

  • U.S. Department of Justice – Northern District of California and Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
  • Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – Office of Inspector General

That pretty much means that the Federal authorities listed above are most likely in control of the assets of BTC-E, including Bitcoins.

Russian national, Alexander Vinnik, has been charged with 21 counts of fraud and money laundering for his role as a BTC-E operator.

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One Response to “Feds seize BTC-E.com domain following Russian operator’s arrest in Greece”
  1. Fred says:

    It was scam from day 1.

    Bitcoin that is🙃

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