Alleged Bitcoin Mixer Operator Arrested U.S.

U.S. officials have arrested Roman Sterlingov, a citizen of Russia and Sweden, after identifying him as the alleged operator of custodial bitcoin mixing service Bitcoin Fog. According to an arrest warrant, Sterlingov faces three charges: unlicensed money transmission, money laundering and money transmission without a license.

An affidavit filed by a special agent of the Internal Revenue Service revealed that Sterlingov was identified through blockchain analysis. The tactic used by law enforcement also allowed it to “[confirm] that over 1.2 million BTC … have been sent through [Bitcoin Fog] since the site was launched in 2011,” totaling around $336 million at the time of the transactions.

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