Washington DC resident Kenneth Warren Rhule is facing charges of money laundering for trading more than $140,000 on Local Bitcoin. The 26-year-old got into Homeland security agents’ radar and was tricked to exchange his cryptocurrency into cash in the hands of undercover Homeland security agents.
The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) says it has sanctioned two Chinese nationals who laundered cryptocurrencies stolen by millions of North Korean hackers. Since the industry is still young, most cryptocurrency exchanges are under a major threat of losing their virtual currency holdings to wrong hands.
Since the birth of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies have been criticized for supporting illegal activities including terror operations, drug trading, human trafficking, money laundering, sex, frauds, monetizing ransomware, purchasing illicit products, and many others. People know how that accusation can damage the reputation and legal status of cryptocurrencies.
American attorney Mark Scott, who used to work for one of the biggest digital currency Ponzi schemes, OneCoin, is now trying to get an exoneration just three months after his conviction by a U.S court of illicit operations, money laundering and scams.
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have peculiarities that, in the absence of adequate supervision, mean they are likely to become instruments harmful to the economic and monetary system as a whole, and risky for individual users, and be an additional useful tool for criminal organizations.
The use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is still difficult to control and requires scrupulous assessment for any reports to Italian authorities. For now, cryptocurrencies for transactions subject to traceability requirements can be used within the limits of cash. Let's give some light to the recent anti-money laundering (AML) regulations.
US prosecutors recently filed an official complaint against presently-nonoperational cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e and alleged cybercriminal Alexander Vinnik, as per a document filed on Thursday last week in California. Alexander also purportedly holds accounts connected with other major illegal activities, such as the hack of another nonoperational exchange Mt. Gox.
The council works on amendments and approvals of decrees related to innovative technologies in the Republic of San Marino. This small enclave nation enclosed by Italy wants to be among the first states to regulate and approve blockchain and its far-flung applications. The decree also aims to revive the country's economy and promote its high-tech profile.
Cybercrime, such as online fraud, industrial undercover activities, and the use of cryptocurrency for money laundering, etc. in Italy, is the rapidly increasing malevolent business with the highest margins of diffusion in the future, according to the Global Risk Report 2019 by the World Economic Forum. The country incurred a loss of around €10 billion in 2018.