Riccardo Spagni, who left Monero in 2019, is at the moment in US custody awaiting potential extradition to South Africa
US authorities have detained Riccardo Spagni, a former lead developer of Monero (XMR), on costs proven to be unrelated to his position on the privacy-focused coin.
Based on the paperwork at america District Courtroom for the Center District of Tennessee, the ex-Monero maintainer was apprehended on the request of the South African authorities, which desires Spagni extradited to reply to costs associated to fraud dedicated between 2009 and 2011.
The US District Courtroom issued the warrant on 20 July 2021, with US Marshals intercepting Spagni on the identical day whereas on a personal jet to Los Cabos, Mexico.
The allegations towards Spagni
Based on the court docket paperwork, Spagni labored for Cape Cookies as an IT Supervisor, a place he allegedly used to fraudulently receives a commission 1,453,561.47 Rand (roughly $101,000). The fraud costs relate to solid invoices, Worth Added Tax (VAT) numbers and checking account particulars.
“SPAGNI was charged within the Western Cape Regional Courtroom, Cape City for fraud and different costs arising out of those information,” the doc reads. “He pleaded not responsible to the fees, and the trial towards him was commenced. Proof was offered towards him, however SPAGNI failed to look in court docket.”
The Cape Cookies ex-employee has allegedly been on South Africa’s needed checklist since 19 April 2021 when the Justice of the Peace Courtroom of the District of Cape City issued a warrant for his arrest. With a proper request from South Africa in place, the US Legal professional Normal’s workplace is claimed to have sought an arrest warrant.
He’s now in custody within the US, as he awaits the decision of extradition proceedings. The courts have been urged to disclaim bail, with Spagni described as a possible flight danger.
If he is extradited to South Africa, a conviction would see him face a jail sentence of as much as 20 years.