In late March, the largest Bank in Canada, Bank of Montreal, began to block customer transactions with cryptocurrency. Under the restrictions were buying and selling coins, but the Bank representative explained that the new rules imposed “for the safety of customers.” Perhaps a financial organization has a point — American authorities arrested a canadian Louis Ong on charges of laundering money through cryptocurrency. This writes Bitcoinist.
Bitcoin and crime
Ong first came to the attention of the Department of homeland security (DHS) in 2016 — after he published the advertisement to hold through cryptocurrency 12 thousand dollars.
He was contacted by agents of the DHS’s undercover and spent several transactions for a total amount of 65 thousand dollars. The police drew attention to the fact that Ong was taking a very high Commission from the deals — it could mean that the trader works with large clients willing to pay a large sum for money laundering.
Our experience suggested that it is a much higher Commission than that charged by cryptomerias.
A few days later after closing the last trade of the trader arrested. According to the investigation, he was able to launder about 290 thousand dollars. Ongo charged with money laundering and conducting business without a license.
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