Riccardo Spagni, the previous maintainer of the privateness coin Monero (XMR), also referred to as Fluffypony, faces extradition to South Africa months after his arrest by U.S. authorities.
In a Thursday courtroom submitting for the Center District of Tennessee, Justice of the Peace Choose Alistair Newbern ordered Spagni to give up to U.S. Marshals on July 5 for extradition to South Africa. He’ll reportedly face 378 prices related to allegations of fraud and forgery between 2009 and 2011 at an organization known as Cape Cookies.
U.S. authorities arrested Spagni in Nashville in July 2021 on the request of the South African authorities, holding him in custody till September. The courtroom filings trace at permitting Spagni to be in the US for the Independence Day vacation weekend earlier than being taken to South Africa early on July 5. Not one of the prices in South Africa are associated to Spagni’s time engaged on Monero, for which he was the lead maintainer till December 2019.
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Spagni, who posts on Twitter beneath the deal with Fluffypony, has been concerned within the crypto house since 2011. Since his arrest in the US, he tweeted relating to his need to return to South Africa to “handle this matter” associated to the fraud prices.
I’m very happy that the U.S. courtroom has launched me. I’m actively working with my attorneys on a approach to return to South Africa as quickly as attainable so I can handle this matter and get it behind me as soon as and for all. That’s what I’ve at all times needed to do.
— fluffy/pony (@fluffypony) September 21, 2021
In response to information from Cointelegraph Markets, the worth of XMR has fallen roughly 8% within the final 24 hours, reaching $110 on the time of publication. As with many cryptocurrencies within the present bear market, the worth of the privateness coin has fallen considerably within the final 30 days — roughly 46% from greater than $206 on Might 31.