Report: Troubled Crypto Exchange Wex Finds New Owner
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Cryptocurrency exchange Wex, successor of the infamous BTC-e, has a new owner. Dmitry Havchenko, a former Ukrainian entrepreneur turned separatist fighter, has reportedly bought the coin trading platform through a family member. Also read: BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik to Go on Hunger Strike, Lawyer Says Wex’s operator, Singapore-based World Exchange Services, has been officially acquired by Havchenko’s daughter, 29-year-old Darya, BBC Russian Service reported.

The exchange inherited BTC-e, once the largest cryptocurrency trading platform in the Russian-speaking world, which was relaunched under the Wex name in mid-September 2017. World Exchange Services, reportedly registered by one of BTC-e’s biggest clients, Belarusian native Dmitry Vasiliev, kept BTC-e’s interface and user accounts, although it has denied any connection with the previous operator, Seychelles-based Canton Business Corp. Dmitry Havchenko, also known by his wartime call sign “Moryachok,” now wants to restore Wex and establish its headquarters in Crimea, the Autonomous republic which seceded from Ukraine and joined the Russian Federation.

Another goal set by the entrepreneur is to track down the digital funds that disappeared after BTC-e went offline, the so-called “Vinnik’s treasure.” According to the report, BTC-e was working with at least 15 entities registered in different offshore jurisdictions, from Cyprus to Belize, and using a number of bank accounts around the world, including one with the National Investment Bank of Mongolia. In 2017, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network decided to fine the exchange $110 million and Vinnik another $12 million for various violations of U.S. anti-money laundering laws. Coin spectator is an automated news aggregation service. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. Images and text owned by copyright holders are used in reference to and promotion of those respective parties. Read in Full

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