Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco delivers remarks from a podium bearing the Department of Justice seal. To the left stands Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department's Criminal Division. To the right stands U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York.

"Today the Department of Justice dealt a significant blow to the cryptocrime ecosystem. Overnight, the Department worked with key partners here and abroad to disrupt Bitzlato, the China-based money laundering engine that fueled a high-tech axis of cryptocrime, and to arrest its founder, Russian national Anatoly Legkodymov. Today's actions send the clear message: whether you break our laws from China or Europe – or abuse our financial system from a tropical island – you can expect to answer for your crimes inside a United States courtroom."
-Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco