February 5, 2023

Europol seizes assets of Bitzlato executives for 70 million euros

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Europol seizes assets of Bitzlato executives for 70 million euros

European law enforcement officers confiscated the crypto wallets of the top executives of the Bitzlato exchange, and also froze accounts on exchanges worth more than 50 million euros.

After the arrest
the majority owner of the exchanger AnatolyLegkodymov, who is considered the chief administrator of Bitzlato, four other people were detained. Among them are the general director of the site, financial director, marketing director and another employee whose position was not named.

In total, Europol carried out eight house searches,four in Spain, one in the US, two in Portugal and one in Cyprus. $19.5 million worth of crypto wallets, vehicles and equipment were confiscated. More than a hundred accounts on exchanges were also frozen. The total assets are estimated at 70 million euros.

According to Europol, a total ofBitzlato has passed more than 2 billion euros, and almost half of the clients (46%) of the exchanger are considered criminals. Most of the transactions involved organizations that were under the sanctions of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of Justice (OFAC). Now law enforcement officers are studying the Bitzlato infrastructure in detail.

“We have already discovered 3,500 bitcoin addresses and more1,000 user data that links to other criminal cases around the world registered in our systems. The analysis of these data will lead to the launch of new criminal cases,” Europol reports.

Earlier, analysts announced that the accusation of the US Department of Justice of money laundering against Bitzlato could have affected the decline in the value of major cryptocurrencies by capitalization.