US bitcoin fugitive Russ Medlin arrested on sex charges in Indonesia

A US fugitive wanted in his home country in connection with a US$700 million cryptocurrency scam has been arrested in Jakarta on sex charges, authorities in said on Tuesday.

Russ Albert Medlin, who entered the Southeast Asian nation on a tourist visa last year, was arrested on Monday after three minors alleged he paid to have sex with them, police said.

If convicted under Indonesia’s child protection laws, Medlin could face 15 years in prison, police said, adding that they confiscated more than US$20,000 in cash from the suspect.

Russ Medlin is presented at a police press conference in Jakarta on June 16, 2020. Photo: AFP

“After the arrest, we checked his identity,” Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus told reporters on Tuesday, adding Medlin was sought by foreign law enforcement agencies.

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