Sydney Woman Arrested for Alleged Operation of Illegal Cryptocurrency Exchange

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In Brief
  • The woman arrested was in possession of $55,000 in bitcoins.

  • She has allegedly moved more than $5 million in BTC since 2017.

  • Unregulated exchanges warrant concerns of money laundering and illegal financial activity.

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A woman was arrested in Burwood — a suburb of Sydney, Australia — for allegedly operating an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange.



The arrest took place at a local shopping mall and police later found $60,000 in cash and $55,000 in bitcoins at her apartment.

The 52-year-old woman has allegedly been operating as a cryptocurrency dealer since 2017. She apparently moved more than $5 million in BTC since that time.



Local authorities expressed concern regarding the potential for criminal money laundering through such unregulated exchanges. Authorities hope that the arrest will serve as a warning to those who are operating similar schemes in Australia. However, per the local chief of police, this was the first of its kind in Australia.

The woman will appear in court on July 20 of this year.


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With a background in science and writing, Jon's cryptophile days started in 2011 when he first heard about Bitcoin. Since then he's been learning, investing, and writing about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for some of the biggest publications and ICOs in the industry. After a brief stint in India, he and his family live in southern CA.

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