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Cryptocurrency Mixer Associate Pleads Not Guilty to Money Laundering Charges

Samourai Wallet

A recent development in the case against Bitcoin mixer Samourai Wallet, according to which one of its founders, Keonne Rodriguez, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to run an unlicensed money transmission business and money laundering, has taken place. Rodriguez, who appeared in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on April 29, was released on a $1 million bond under harshly restrictive bail conditions.

Keonne Rodriguez’s Bail Conditions

The court set a very demanding a $1 million bond bail bond for Rodriguez. In addition to the heavy fine, Rodriguez faces a jurisdiction issue that restricts his movement within New York or Pennsylvania areas beyond his house in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Moreover, the authorities are equipping Rodriguez with a monitoring gadget to continuously monitor his movements.

The most notable bail requirement is the prohibition against Rodriguez engaging in any cryptocurrency-related activities without first obtaining court permission. The ban extends to both direct and indirect transactions, disqualifying him from signing any contracts between the Samourai Wallet and the cryptocurrency world.

Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Mixers Intensifies

William Hill, the CTO of Samourai Wallet, and another defendant have been detained, while Rodriguez has been released on $100,000 bail. Interestingly, authorities arrested Hill in Portugal and are currently awaiting extradition to the United States of America. As a result, he remains behind bars, and this has caused a lot of delay in the court’s arrangements for his case.

We cannot undervalue the gravity of the accusations facing both Rodriguez and Harris. In the event of a guilty verdict, they may each receive 20 (twenty) years and, additionally, five years of imprisonment for money laundering conspiracy and illegal, unlicensed money-transmitting business operation. On the other hand, authorities have promptly taken the Samourai Wallet’s servers and domain into their possession, an additional measure that aids in the further disruption of the platform.

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The arrests of these individuals are part of a broader crackdown on cryptocurrency mixers by U.S. authorities, who allege that hackers and terrorists have been using these mixers for money laundering. This is the next step after the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned several other mixers, including Blender and Tornado Cash, although the move caused disputes among the industry and government representatives.

When Rodriguez is ready for his court hearing on May 14, it is still uncertain what the result of this legal struggle will be. Hence, this amendment serves as a reminder of the need for increased regulatory supervision of cryptocurrency platforms and the impediments they bring to their use in illicit activities.

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