The Germans have arrested the NiceHash co-founder, who gets a sentence of 50 years as ordered by the United States authorities. German Federal Police arrested Matjaz Skorjanc due to the fact that United States served an international arrest warrant for extradition. The man is accused of involvement in several internet frauds involving victims of millions of Euros, and also allegedly linked with $ 60 million worth of Bitcoins stolen via NiceHash.
State Department of the country confirmed to local media 24UR.com that the competent German authorities regularly notify the detention of a Slovenian citizen. His relatives were also informed of the detention.
Skorjanc’s Father Does Not See The Very Legal Basis For The Prosecution
In early September, The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington published private prosecution against an American, a Spaniard and two Slovenes for various fraudulent activities. Among them are criminal gang, banking, and the online hacker forum Darkode. Note, that the police closed the latest in 2015. The charges brought against Skorjanc, Mentor Leniki, Florence Carr Ruiz, and Thomas McCormick. McCormick was the administrator of the Darkode forum, which was founded and run by the first Skorjanc.
However, H-Bit CEO Martin Skorjanc confirmed that his son was detained based on an indictment. However, police get international arrest warrants in connection with this.
“There is no very legal basis for the charge of Matjaz Skorjanc, since he has already been convicted of the same act as in the United States, and the verdict has already been fully pronounced in Slovenia. This is an unacceptable retrial on the same issue. It is prohibited by the laws of Slovenia, Europe, and America,” he stressed.
The Criminal Record Of Matjaz Skorjanc
The defendants allegedly caused $ 4.5 million (about $ 4.1 million) in losses from September 2008 to December 2013 to their victims. They stole the personal data of users, including their bank accounts and credit cards. They were charged with criminal gangs, bank fraud, computer hacking, identity theft, cyberbullying and blackmail.
Note, that Matjaz Skorjanc already has a criminal past. As early as 2011, U.S. security forces demanded the extradition of Skorjanc from Slovenia, who was later convicted inside the homeland for selling a malicious computer program called Mariposa. This malware infected millions of computers around the world, allegedly. In 2015, the Maribor court sentenced him to four years and ten months in prison. To date, Matjaz Skorjanc had already served the prison term.
The name Skorjanc is also associated with a major theft from the NiceHash cryptocurrency mining website, which occurred in December 2017. Then, from the NiceHash marketplace, hackers stole $ 60 million worth of Bitcoins by sending funds to one wallet. The company lost 4700 BTC due to hack.
NiceHash platform restarted its operations in two weeks after the attack. However, the company said that it would return all stolen funds to customers, and gradually fulfills its promise.
The indictments against Matjaz Skorjanc is not related to mining marketplace operations, as states NiceHash.