Monero’s former maintainer arrested in U.S. for allegations unrelated to cryp...

Monero’s former maintainer arrested in U.S. for allegations unrelated to cryp...

An arrest warrant for Riccardo Spagni was issued on July 20, 2021 at the request of the South African government. He was apprehended the same day in the United States. Riccardo Spagni, the former maintainer of the Monero cryptocurrency, was arrested last month in Nashville, Tennessee on fraud charges tied to alleged offenses in South Africa between 2009 and 2011. Spagni was on board a private jet scheduled to fly to Los Cabos, Mexico when he was apprehended in Nashville during a scheduled refueling stop, according to court documents. His journey originally began just outside of New York....


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