Bitcoiin defendants’ trial rescheduled for March 2022
Due to the complex nature of the case, the Bitcoiin criminal trial has been pushed back to March 14th, 2022.
As stated in an October 27th order;
The Court has considered factors which indicate that its failure to grant this motion would deny counsel for defendants reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence.
Additionally, this Court has previously determined this case to be so complex due to the nature of the prosecution, as well as the voluminous discovery in the case, that it is unreasonable to expect adequate preparation for the trial itself within the time limits established by the Speedy Trial Act.
Defendant John DeMarr pled guilty to Bitcoiin criminal charges in August.
Kristijan Krstic (right), mastermind of the Bitcoiin Ponzi scheme, was arrested in Serbia in July 2020.
Pending his extradition to the US, Serbian authorities released Krstic to home detention in July 2021.
Krstic and his wife, also an arrested suspect pending extradition, promptly fled. They are believed to have left their four kids behind.
The Krstic’s remain fugitives on the run. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Krstic’s and his wife’s disappearance has yet to be addressed on the Bitcoiin case docket.
Update 19th December 2021 – Haojia Miao has pled guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Update 19th March 2022 – Antonije Stojilkovic and Jaira David pled guilty last November, negating the need for a trial.
Including Miao, all three defendants are awaiting sentencing.