14:56 Jul. 21, 2016
Ukrainian citizen accused of money laundering and copyrights infringement
Artem Vaulin, the alleged runner of most visited worldwide digital piracy website KickassTorrents, has been charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
Vaulin has been accused of stealling more than USD 1 billion in profits from the US entertainment industry.
"In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice", the statement reads.
The US will seek to extradite Artem Vaulin from Poland to the United States.
Artem Vaulin, 30 years old, is a Ukraine-born citizen from the city of Kharkiv. He has been the owner and operator of KickassTorrents since November 2008. Vaulin's LinkedIn page says he is currently the director of the Ukrainian company called Cryptoneat, that could serve to conceal KickassTorrents operations.