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Tornado Cash Developer Sentenced to 64 Months in Prison for Money Laundering

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In a landmark ruling, a Dutch court has sentenced Tornado Cash developer Alexey Pertsev to 64 months in prison for money laundering. The verdict marks a significant development in the ongoing legal battle against the privacy-focused cryptocurrency mixer, which has been accused of facilitating illicit transactions.

Pertsev’s Conviction Highlights Role in Money Laundering

Prosecutors argued that Pertsev was aware of the criminal activities taking place on Tornado Cash and had even profited from them. They further claimed that he had taken steps to conceal his involvement, such as using pseudonyms and anonymizing his IP address.

The court found Pertsev guilty of money laundering under Article 174(2) of the Dutch Criminal Code. This conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, but Pertsev’s sentence was reduced due to his lack of a criminal record and his cooperation with the investigation.

Implications for Other Tornado Cash Developers

Pertsev’s conviction could have significant implications for other Tornado Cash developers, particularly Roman Storm and Roman Semenov, who are facing similar charges in the United States. The ruling suggests that developers may be held criminally liable for the actions of users on their platforms, even if they do not directly participate in illicit activities.

Case Highlights Regulatory Challenges of Privacy-Focused Crypto

The Tornado Cash case underscores the challenges faced by regulators in addressing the potential misuse of privacy-focused cryptocurrencies. While such technologies offer valuable benefits for users seeking to protect their financial transactions, they can also be exploited for criminal purposes.

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