The alleged accomplice of OneCoin founder and nicknamed “Cryptoqueen,” Ruja Ignatova, could be sent to the U.S. to stand trial there.
- Defendant in OneCoin case, Christopher Hamilton, faces extradition.
- He is the alleged accomplice of the fugitive founder, Ruja Ignatova.
- Co-defendant Robert McDonald avoided extradition to the US.
The one involved in the notorious global cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. scam,OneCoinChristopher Hamilton faces extradition to the United States after a British judge rejected his request to be tried in the UK.
According to a report by Law360 the U.K. District Judge Nicholas Rimmer on Tuesday rejected a request by Hamilton’s lawyers to postpone extradition on the grounds that the defendant should be tried in the country because the crimes were committed outside the United States. The media CoinDesk yThe Block a file containing information on transactions completed during a given time period. Blocks are the constituent parts of a blockchain. they said.
“ Wherever the victims are, it is in their interest that the perpetrators involved are prosecuted rather than not prosecuted. “, Judge Rimmer wrote, according to the report, which was quoted by CoinDesk . “ This factor weighs in favour of extradition. “.
Hamilton is accused of laundering $105 million in connection with a Ponzi scheme to launder $105 million in connection with theOneCoinone of the biggest scams in the history of cryptocurrency.
Possible extradition for Hamilton
Directed by the infamous fugitive OneCoin Ruja Ignatova, better known as “. Cryptoqueen ” o ” Crypto Queen “, OneCoin promoted a supposed cryptocurrency that never had any value and sold educational packages in exchange businesses that allow customers to trade cryptocurrencies for fiat money or other cryptocurrencies. for commissions for those who recruited new members, following the typical pyramid scheme model.
The scheme is estimated to have generated more than $4 billion by defrauding millions of victims worldwide. At its peak, the company claimed to have up to 3 million members globally. Ignatova, who has not been seen publicly since 2017, is currently on the most wanted list by Europol and the FBI .
La Hamilton extradition not yet final The defendant could still decide to file an appeal, as stated in CoinDesk . The case will now be sent to the Secretary of State for a final decision, the media adds.
The co-defendant involved in the scam, Robert McDonald, avoided extradition on human rights grounds. McDonald claimed to be the primary caregiver for his ailing wife who suffers from progressive multiple sclerosis, as he reports The Block . According to Law360 who quoted a written statement from the judge, his wife’s separation from ” would be extremely harsh in view of his poor health “.
The judge’s decision to grant McDonald’s request for non-extradition was based on the Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which includes the right to respect for private and family life. The judge also stated that “ there is no apparent evidence of monetary gain on the part of Robert MacDonald. “.
Hamilton’s U.S. extradition proceedings relate to millions of U.S. dollars sent to accounts controlled by him in the name of an entity named Viola Asset Management of which McDonald was the compliance officer.
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Article by Hannah Estefania Perez / DiarioBitcoin
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