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Tornado Cash Developer Challenges Money Laundering Charges

Tornado Cash Developer Challenges Money Laundering Charges

Roman Storm, a core developer of the Tornado Cash crypto mixing protocol, faces criminal charges alleging involvement in money laundering and violating U.S. sanctions.

His legal team filed a motion to dismiss the charges, arguing that Storm’s contribution was limited to publishing open-source code aimed at providing financial privacy to legitimate cryptocurrency users.

They refute claims that Tornado Cash acts as a mixer or money transmitter, portraying it as a set of non-custodial smart contracts.

Storm’s defense maintains he lacked control over its use by specific entities and never entered agreements with alleged wrongdoers.

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Concurrently, they filed motions seeking evidence production from the DOJ and challenging the broadness of an FBI warrant.

This legal battle mirrors that of Alexey Pertsev, another Tornado Cash developer, being tried in the Netherlands under different legal frameworks.

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