brussels - The Belgian police have arrested three people who are suspected of money laundering via bitcoins in recent days. One of them is the 24-year-old Dutchman Tommie V., who was arrested on Saturday, reports the Belgian federal parquet on Monday.
In the same case, two Belgian brothers were arrested last week, 33-year-old Y. A. from Jette and 31-year-old I. A. from Molenbeek. They would have done numerous transactions over the last few months in which bitcoins were exchanged for cash or vice versa. This happened during meetings with customers in public places such as car parks, hotels and fast food restaurants in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
For searches in Brussels, tens of thousands of euros have been seized. In Maastricht on Wednesday, a search was made at the 22-year-old Dutchman A. V., probably a customer of the brothers. Computer material was included.