December 5, 2022

An unknown person withdrew 10,000 bitcoins from a dormant address, which is associated with the WEX crypto exchange

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An unknown person withdrew 10,000 bitcoins from a dormant address, which is associated with the WEX crypto exchange

The last notable movement of funds at this address was in September 2017, when unknown owners also withdrew 10,000 BTC.

This cryptocurrency address is associated with the platform for trading fiat and digital currencies BTC-e (later WEX), which closed in the same 2017.

Telegram channel of the founder of the cryptocurrency exchangeSergei Mendeleev's Garantex was the first to report that for the first time in five years, assets were in motion. On Wednesday, November 23, 10,000 bitcoins (BTC) were sent from the address. Someone made several transactions: the first two were test ones, after which there was a transaction for the entire balance of 10,000 BTC. Supposedly sent 3,500 BTC and 6,500 BTC went to another wallet as change..

Sender: 1LfV1tSt3KNyHpFJnAzrqsLFdeD2EvU1MK.

Recipients:
3,500 BTC to bc1qzhzwrd0ev7hsxxrmkwzfeeumr9965lf6mmyne9

6,500 BTC on bc1ql7c3k2xw90qmhpntte94mu7mpra6g77nqtj6v7

Test transaction recipient: bc1qv8fkqa0uu7jl2ah6eqg2xl2e0pfsy00kc0dacq.

The total amount of withdrawn funds is about $165 million.

Recall that after the collapse of the largestThe Russian-language crypto exchange WEX lost about $450 million. The names of Alexander Vinnik, who is considered one of the administrators of the BTC-e platform, and Alexei Bilyuchenko, a former partner of Vinnik, are connected with this case.

Oleksandr Vinnik was extradited toUnited States, where he is awaiting a decision on his case. The US authorities accuse him of laundering from $4 to $9 billion using trading platforms. Bilyuchenko was allegedly arrested at the beginning of 2022, but there is no exact information about this.

In June, former WEX director Dmitry Vasilyev was detained in Croatia at the request of the Kazakh authorities - he is charged with stealing $20,000 from an investor.