The court found the owner of the cryptocurrency exchange RG Coins Rossen Iossifov (Rossen Iossifov) guilty Of fraud, money laundering through its platform, as well as assistance to cybercriminals.
According to the US Department of justice, Iosifov and his accomplices placed ads on eBay and other trading platforms for the sale of cars that they did not actually have. To create the appearance of legitimate transactions, fraudsters provided their victims with fake documents and invoices on behalf of companies with a good reputation.
The attackers had their own call centers with the support service, so that customers did not have any suspicions. Iosifov transferred The received funds to his RG Coins platform and exchanged them for digital assets, and then transferred them to offshore companies. More than 900 American citizens were affected by the actions of fraudsters.
It also turned out that from September 2015 to December 2018, the head of the RG Coins exchange deliberately provided services to a group of cybercriminals who managed to exchange $4.9 million worth of BTC on the site. Note that the exchange was founded in April 2014 and is aimed at traders from Eastern Europe.
Iosifov was arrested by US Federal law enforcement agencies with the assistance of the Romanian National police and the organized crime investigation Department. In addition, 17 other defendants have been arrested, and three accomplices are on the run.
Recall that last year, the FBI closed the news site about the darknet markets DeepDotWeb for money laundering. The same fate befell the service for “mixing” bitcoins Bestmixer.io, which was closed by Europol for laundering more than $200 million.