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U.S. arrests alleged 'Bitcoin Fog' money launderer

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      <br>By Lawrence Delevingne<br> <br>BOSTON, April 28 (Reuters) – U.S.
      officials on Tuesday arrested Roman Sterlingov, the alleged principal operator of cryptocurrency money laundering website Bitcoin Fog, according to a federal court filing.<br> <br>Sterlingov, dark web darknet market a citizen of Russia and Sweden, was detained in Los Angeles on money-laundering related charges.<br> <br>Bitcoin Fog, dark market 2022 launched in 2011, is one of the original Bitcoin “tumbler” or “mixer” services designed to help users anonymize cryptocurrencies payments, especially on so-called darknet market online markets that trafficked in drugs and other illegal products, according to a legal statement accompanying the criminal complaint by Internal Revenue Service special agent Devon Beckett.<br> <br>”Analysis of bitcoin transactions, financial records, Internet service provider records, email records and additional investigative information, identifies Roman Sterlingov as the principal operator of Bitcoin Fog,” Beckett wrote.<br> <br>More than 1.2 million Bitcoin (BTC) — worth approximately $336 million at the time of the transactions — were sent through Bitcoin Fog, according to the Beckett statement.<br> <br>A spokesperson for the U.S.

      Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which is handling the case, did not immediately respond to a request for darknet market comment.<br> <br>Requests sent to email addresses tied to Sterlingov were not immediately returned. (Reporting by Lawrence Delevingne; Editing by Aurora Ellis)<br>

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