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Arrested Tornado Cash developer is Alexey Pertsev, his wife confirms

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  • The Tornado Cash developer arrested by Dutch authorities on Wednesday is Alexey Pertsev, his wife has confirmed to The Block.
  • Ksenia Malik said that she is in shock over her husband’s arrest and is currently working with lawyers.
 

The software developer arrested this week over suspected of involvement in the Tornado Cash crypto mixing service is Alexey Pertsev, his wife has told The Block today, confirming earlier speculation on Twitter. 

Ksenia Malik, who married Pertsev last September, said the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) arrested Pertsev on August 10 in Amsterdam city center. 

She went on to say that she's in shock over her husband’s arrest and is currently working with lawyers. "My husband didn't do anything illegal," she said.

The FIOD, in its announcement today, said it arrested a 29-year-old man suspected of involvement in concealing criminal financial flows and facilitating money laundering through Tornado Cash, which allows users to obscure blockchain-based transactions.

A spokesperson for FIOD declined to comment on the arrested person's identity when contacted by The Block.

The agency in its announcement said "multiple arrests are not ruled out."

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