Tornado Cash Founders Charged With Laundering More Than $1 Billion – Slashdot

Tornado Cash Founders Charged With Laundering More Than $1 Billion – Slashdot




from the setting-precedent dept.

Two founders of Tornado Cash, the widely known Russian cryptocurrency mixer, have been charged with laundering more than $1 billion in criminal proceeds. From a report: In a newly unsealed indictment, Roman Storm and Roman Semenov have both been accused of sanctions violations and laundering money through Tornado Cash, including hundreds of millions of dollars for the Lazarus Group, a sanctioned North Korean state-backed hacking group. Charges in the indictment include conspiring to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit sanctions violations and conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. Storm was arrested Wednesday in Washington state, according to a statement from the Justice Department, but Semenov, a Russian national, remains at large. The third co-founder, Alexey Pertsev, who is not mentioned in this action, faces trial in Amsterdam over his involvement with Tornado Cash. “Roman Storm and Roman Semenov allegedly operated Tornado Cash and knowingly facilitated this money laundering,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams, adding, “While publicly claiming to offer a technically sophisticated privacy service, Storm and Semenov in fact knew that they were helping hackers and fraudsters conceal the fruits of their crimes.” Further reading: Tornado Cash Co-founder Reports Being Kicked Off GitHub as Industry Reacts To Sanctions (2022);
Coinbase Employees and Ethereum Backers Sue US Treasury Over Tornado Cash Sanctions (2022).

Make it myself? But I’m a physical organic chemist!


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