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Former federal agents charged with stealing bitcoin

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by rockycatt, Mar 30, 2015.

    Mar 30, 2015
  1. rockycatt

    rockycatt meistercatt

    Former federal agents charged with stealing bitcoin during Silk Road investigation

    Everett Rosenfeld | @Ev_Rosenfeld
    1 Hour Ago

    Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell
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    Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell

    Two former federal agents were accused of stealing bitcoin while investigating digital black market Silk Road.

    In a complaint issued on March 25, 2015 in California and unsealed Monday, the two agents were charged with money laundering, wire fraud and related offenses for absconding with the cryptocurrency.

    Both men were part of Baltimore's Silk Road task force, according to the Justice Department. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's criminal division announced the charges along with other officials.

    Read More › Silk Road founder Ulbricht found guilty on all counts

    Former Drug Enforcement Agent Carl Force allegedly developed online personas and engaged in illegal activities including "complex Bitcoin transactions to steal from the government and the targets of the investigation," the Justice Department said.

    Meanwhile, Secret Service Agent Shaun Bridges allegedly diverted to his personal account over $800,000 in digital currency that he controlled during the Silk Road investigation.

    Force was arrested in Baltimore on Friday, and Bridges self-surrendered on Monday. Both were scheduled to appear in court on Monday, the Justice Department said.

    —Reuters contributed to this report

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  2. Apr 2, 2015
  3. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse

    Pencil Pusher
    Ars Technica article on this You must register/login in order to see the link.
  4. Apr 2, 2015
  5. conker

    conker Senior Member CAG MM webmeister

    Amazing, it doesn't get more f'ed up then that. Something that people can't see or touch has been stolen by officers investigating a websites that 99.99% of people knew how to access because it was located in the dark web.
  6. Apr 2, 2015
  7. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

    The PAB Guy
    Thread title changed for clarity, original title was "they steal don't they".
    3 people like this.

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