Hispaanias vahistati Liberty Reserve asutaja Arthur Budovsky

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Hispaanias vahistati Liberty Reserve asutaja Arthur Budovsky

Lugemata postitus Postitas surf » 28 Mai 2013, 14:57

The Tico Times, Friday, May 24, 2013
Costa Rican arrested in Spain for alleged financial crimes
Costa Rican authorities raided suspect´s home and offices in San José and Heredia.

Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk, 39, on Friday was arrested in Spain as part of a money laundering investigation performed jointly by police agencies in the United States and Costa Rica.
Costa Rican prosecutor José Pablo González said Budovsky, a Costa Rican citizen of Ukrainian origin, has been under investigation since 2011 for money laundering using a company he created in the country called Liberty Reserve.
Local investigations began after a request from a prosecutor’s office in New York. On Friday, San José prosecutors conducted raids in Budovsky's house and offices in Escazú, Santa Ana, southwest of San José, and in the province of Heredia, north of the capital.
Budovsky's businesses in Costa Rica apparently were financed by using money from child pornography websites and drug trafficking.


New York conviction

According to records from the U.S. Justice Department, on July 27, 2006, Budovsky and a partner identified as Vladimir Kats were indicted by the state of New York on charges of operating an illegal financial business, GoldAge Inc., from their Brooklyn apartments.
They had transmitted at least $30 million to digital currency accounts worldwide since beginning operations in 2002.
The digital currency exchange, GoldAge, received and transmitted $4 million between Jan. 1, 2006, and June 30, 2006, as part of the money laundering scheme.
Customers opened online GoldAge accounts with limited documentation of identity, then GoldAge purchased digital gold currency through those accounts; the defendants' fees sometimes exceeded $100,000.
Customers could choose their method of payment to GoldAge: wire remittances, cash deposits, postal money orders or checks.
Finally, the customers could withdraw the money by requesting wire transfers to accounts anywhere in the world or by having checks sent to any identified individual.
Budovsky and Kats were sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in the business of transmitting money without a license, a felony violation of state banking law, but got probation.
Allikas: https://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News ... ay-24-2013

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Lugemata postitus Postitas surf » 28 Mai 2013, 15:00

BBC NEWS, 27 May 2013
Liberty Reserve digital money service forced offline
Liberty Reserve Liberty Reserve's website was taken offline on Thursday

Liberty Reserve - a Costa Rican-based digital currency service - has been shut down after the reported arrest of its founder.

Authorities in the Central American country said Arthur Budovsky had been taken into custody in Spain on suspicion of money laundering, following an investigation which also involved the US.
They added that police had raided several of Mr Budovsky's properties and seized his computer servers.

Liberty Reserve had described itself as being the internet's "oldest, safest and most popular payment processor... serving millions all around a world".
It had allowed users to open accounts and transfer money, only requiring them to provide a name, date of birth and an email address.
Cash could be put into the service using a credit card, bank wire, postal money order or other money transfer service. It was then "converted" into one of the firm's own currencies - mirroring either the Euro or US dollar - at which point it could be transferred to another account holder who could then extract the funds.
The service promised that payment transfers were "instantaneous" and it charged a maximum of $2.99 (£1.98) for each transaction. It also offered a private messaging facility which it said was "much more private and secure than email or instant messenger services".

Security expert Bryan Krebs said Liberty Reserve's features had made it a popular among cybercriminals who wanted to move funds and make payments anonymously.
However, others said they had used the service for legitimate means, viewing it as a cheaper alternative to PayPal. They fear they will now lose money still sitting in its accounts.


Refused licence

Costa Rica state prosecutor Jose Pablo Gonzalez announced news of the raids on Saturday. He said that in addition to Mr Budovsky's arrest, 10 other suspects were being investigated in connection with international money laundering.
Mr Gonzalez said that Costa Rica's financial regulator, Sugef, had refused to issue a licence to Liberty Reserve in 2011 after raising concerns about how it was being funded.
Although the company Liberty Reserve subsequently closed and dismissed its employees, the prosecutor said Mr Budovsky had continued operating his money exchange service by running it through five other Costa Rican businesses.
The same year, he said, New York based officials asked Costa Rica to investigate.
Mr Gonzalez said offices and houses linked to Mr Budovsky had been raided last week, and that documents and three vehicles - including a Rolls Royce - were seized.

The US Department of Justice's website says that in 2006 Mr Budovsky was found guilty of operating a separate illegal money transmittal business - GoldAge - from a Brooklyn apartment when he used to live in New York.
However, when asked about the latest arrest, a spokeswoman said she could "not provide any guidance" at this time.

The BBC has also asked the Spanish police for more details.


Lost money

According to Mr Krebs' security blog, the closure of Liberty Reserve has the potential to "cause a major upheaval in the cybercrime economy".
He said there had been "anxious discussions" about the news on several internet forums after fraudsters and malware sellers found themselves unable to access their accounts.
But others say they used the service for legitimate reasons, and are concerned about the lack of information.
They include Mitver Holdings, the firm behind a facility called ePay Cards. This allows consumers outside the US to buy goods from stores in the country as if they owned a locally-issued Visa or Mastercard credit card.

Pilt
The firm behind ePay cards says it now faces an "uphill battle" to make up potentially lost funds

The company - which has offices in London and Texas - used Liberty Reserve as a way for its customers to charge up their "virtual credit cards".

Co-founder Mitchell Rossetti said he had about $28,000 sitting in his business's Liberty Reserve account at the time the site went offline.
"We used Liberty Reserve because it was quick, efficient and secure," he told the BBC.
"Now, we - and thousands of others who were dependent on it - have been left with nothing to look at except a blank webpage, and nothing more to go on than reports from the Costa Rican press.
"We need to know if our assets have been seized and what would be the requirements to get the funds returned."
Allikas: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22680297

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Lugemata postitus Postitas surf » 28 Mai 2013, 15:31

Ja samal teemal pikemat juttu tänases ajalehes ticotimes:

Liberty Reserve: A cyberweb of intrigue
https://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News ... ay-28-2013

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Lugemata postitus Postitas surf » 28 Mai 2013, 16:39

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Lugemata postitus Postitas Taavi » 29 Mai 2013, 08:25

Huvitav, kas bitcoin paneb nüüd hinnas lakke või hoopis vastassuunas. Peaks vastava alafoorumi siia vist tegema ja teema korralikumalt selgeks.

Igaljuhul tundub, et USAkad on mingi konkreetse sõja alustanud selliste makseprotsessorite vastu. Tea, kas ühel hetkel vastavad kasutajad ka vastu hakkavad sõdima...

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Lugemata postitus Postitas Taavi » 22 Juun 2013, 14:54

Selle makseprotsessoriga on nüüdseks siis vist kõik? Võib vist lähitulevikus arhiivi liigutada alafoorumi?

Minul õnneks selle kohapealt läks hästi, et kontol vist suurt midagi ei olnud sel hetkel enam. Samas ilmselt on siin nii mõnigi, kellele see omajagu maksma läks...

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Lugemata postitus Postitas sanderlife » 23 Juun 2013, 14:51

Lihtsalt suht ulme lugeda !
Mind huvitab kelle usa järgmisena ettevõtab .

Täitsa huvitab tegelt kus liikusid tol hetkel suuremad summad, kas LR , PM või STP ?

Kas lihtsalt võeti LR et seal liikusid niivõrd suured summad , et PM ja STP polnud mõtet veel veega alla lasta?

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Lugemata postitus Postitas Taavi » 23 Juun 2013, 20:04

Ei tea. PM ja STP kohta nii palju ei oska öelda, kuna kokkupuude puudub, aga LR oli ju suht iga HYIPi jmt programmi jaoks populaarne maksevahend.
Eks seal liikusid korralikud summad, enamus olid ebaseaduslikud programmid ja tõenäoliselt korralik rahapesu + mustad tulud, millelt valitsustel maksud jäid saamata.

Ma ausaltöeldes mõtlesin, et payzaga suht sama teema käsil, kui selle pangaülekande teemaga probleem tekkis. Ehk siis egopay ju sisuliselt samaks otstarbeks kasutusel, mis LR'gi, kuigi ehk pisut rohkem andmeid on kasutajate kohta...

Eks ta suht selline valitsuste ja anarhistlike/vabameelsemate osapoolte vaheline sõda ole. Paraku jäävad ka legaalsed ärid ja seadusekuulekad inimesed sinna vahele ja kaotavad omajagu, sest maha tõmmatakse sedasi valimatult.

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Lugemata postitus Postitas sanderlife » 23 Juun 2013, 21:12

Nüüd läheb asi ju põnevaks.
Sellepärast LR jah iga hyip site kasutas seda peamiselt ja oli esindatud, millele nüüd üle minnakse on küsimus ...
Sest kui kui seal juba nii suured rahad liikusid , peavad need edasi liikuma ka .

Kas PM või STP või hoopiski egopay või webmoney ?

Krt kui ma neid artikleid lugesin LR kohta, ma ei arvanudki et neid ülekandeid nii palju tehakse 8O

Täitsa hakkab huvitama kui keerukas on luua samalaadset süsteemi naq LR aga veits kindlama alusega..... (A)

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Lugemata postitus Postitas Taavi » 24 Juun 2013, 00:01

Ühest küljest valitsus jm organid tahavad seda, et oleks reguleeritud ja kasutajad tuvastatud ja raha liikumine nö jälgitav. Ühesõnaga need terrorismi- ja rahapesuvastased meetmed peavad olema rakendatud.

Teisest küljest see kontingent, kes seda teenust kasutab, tahab anonüümsust ja seda, et keegi ei näeks, kuhu ja mis summasid liigutatakse.

Ehk siis legaalselt ilmselt sellele sihtgrupile asja teha ei saa sellisel kujul, et kõik osapooled rahul oleks :)
Selleks tuleks midagi bitcoini sarnast siis kasutada ilmselt. Huvitav muidugi, kas mingi hetk hakatakse sinna ka kallale või mitte. Ma mingi hetk natukene proovisin seda uurida, aga tundus ikkagi suht müstiline elukas...

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