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Chinese Woman Charged with Cryptocurrency Possession in UK

April 26, 2024 — Yadi Zhang, a Chinese national, has been formally charged in the UK with two counts of criminal possession of cryptocurrency, as per allegations by the Crown Prosecution Service. The charges assert that Zhang was involved in acquiring, using, or possessing cryptocurrency derived from criminal activities from October 1, 2017, until earlier this week, spanning locations in London and other parts of the UK.

Yadi Zhang, also known under the alias Zhimin Qian, stands accused in this high-profile case. She has denied all charges and, through her legal representation, has asserted her innocence.

Zhang is charged with the criminal possession of cryptocurrency, which the UK authorities believe to be proceeds from illegal activities. This case is significant as it underscores the ongoing global efforts to clamp down on the misuse of digital currencies in criminal enterprises.

The timeline of the alleged criminal activities stretches from October 1, 2017, to the week leading up to her court appearance on Wednesday, April 19, 2024. This long-spanning investigation culminated in her recent court appearance and the subsequent charges.

The alleged offenses took place across the UK, including London, where Zhang made her initial court appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Following her magistrates’ court appearance, the case has been escalated to Southwark Crown Court for further proceedings.

The charges against Zhang are part of broader efforts by UK authorities to combat financial crimes associated with cryptocurrencies. These efforts aim to deter the utilization of digital assets in money laundering and other criminal activities, ensuring the integrity of the financial system.

Zhang was remanded in custody by District Judge Sarah Turnock during her initial court appearance, where she indicated through a translator her intention to plead not guilty. She did not apply for bail. Her lawyer, Roger Sahota from Berkeley Square Solicitors, emphasized her assertion of innocence and cautioned against a premature judgment in the case.

The progression of this case in Southwark Crown Court will likely provide a deeper insight into the complexities of cryptocurrency-related crimes and the legal frameworks employed to address these issues within the UK’s jurisdiction.



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