A discussion board account lengthy related to the operators of the BTC-e digital Forex alternate has posted new statements days after worldwide legislation enforcement officers moved to shutter the service.
As CoinDesk reported final week, police in Greece moved to arrest Alexander Vinnik, whom they accused of laundering roughly $four billion via BTC-e, together with funds related to the now-defunct Japanese bitcoin alternate Mt Gox. U.S. prosecutors later unveiled a raft of prices towards BTC-e and Vinnik, and a $110 million nice was handed down from the Monetary Crimes Enforcement Community (FinCEN).
Amidst these developments, nevertheless, the one statements to emerge from BTC-e was a single tweet on July 26, which pledged that the location would return to working order within the subsequent 5 to 10 days.
Roughly 5 hours in the past, nevertheless, in a press release on the Bitcoin Speak discussion board (that was tweeted out through its official account), representatives for the alternate issued new feedback, together with a pledge to return customers’ funds.
The assertion learn:
“For all those who buried us, I will remind you that the service has always worked on trust and we are ready to answer for it. The funds will be returned to everyone!”
The message additionally confirmed that BTC-e’s knowledge middle had been raided by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on July 25, throughout which period the company “seized all gear, the servers contained databases and purses of our service.”
Notably, the assertion pushed again on claims that Vinnik was an worker of BTC-e, with the operators stating: “formally declare – Alexander was by no means the pinnacle or worker of our service.” In saying the costs towards Vinnik, the US Division of Justice had asserted that he was the “operator” of BTC-e.
The BTC-e assertion went on to say that extra data can be launched within the subsequent two weeks, together with an account of “how a lot cash fell into the arms of the FBI and what quantity of funds is offered for return.”