European National Accused of Stealing $3 Mln Worth of Crypto Arrested in Paris

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Mon, 07/20/2020 - 19:45
Alex Dovbnya
Cryptocurrency thief Vukasin Popovic gets caught in France after cutting off his ankle bracelet
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Vukasin Popovic, a 33-year old cryptocurrency thief, has been arrested in Paris, the Montreal Gazette reports

The European national will now have to face extra charges for failing to comply with his bail conditions by cutting off his ankle monitor and fleeing to France. 

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A $3 mln crypto theft  

According to the announcement made by the Montreal police on Monday, the arrest of the fugitive took place on June 23.

Popovic was accused of stealing around $3 mln worth of cryptocurrency together with his two accomplices. 

They arranged a meeting for two U.S. citizens in a Montreal hotel to transact crypto with an intent to rob them. 

After the victims realized that their money had been stolen, they reported Popovic and his partners to local authorities. 

They ended up being taken into custody by the Canadian police on Feb. 12 before returning home. Popovic was released on bail with the tracking device.  

On the run 

Back in March, Popovic ended up cutting off his ankle bracelet and fled the country, according to multiple reports by local media

He first made it to the U.S. before planning to settle in Romania, but the fugitive was intercepted in France. 

Following the failed attempt to escape justice, the suspect will be transferred to Italy — where he will face charges — as part of his extradition to Canada.

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.


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