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The New York Times is reporting that two federal agents could be arrested today for charges related to the theft of bitcoins during the original Silk Road investigation. The two agents in question are Carl Mark Force IV and Shaun Bridges. Force worked at the Drug Enforcement Agency during the investigation, while Bridges worked at the Secret Service. Force is being charged with theft of government property, money laudering, and wire fraud. Bridges is being charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Both of the federal agents were involved with an undercover operation that led to the eventual shutdown of Silk Road.
Carl Mark Force allegedly stole bitcoins during the investigation
During his work as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, Force allegedly stole a “sizable amount of bitcoins.” Force then placed those bitcoins in his personal bitcoin wallet rather than turning them over to law enforcement. The information obtained by the New York Times is based on a affidavit filed in the United States District Court in San Francisco. The report claims that both agents were part of a Baltimore-based task force that investigated Silk Road. How exactly the theft took place is unclear at this time, but the fact that Bridges is not facing charges related to theft of government property is noteworthy.
Ross Ulbricht facing 20 to life in Silk Road case
After being convicted of a variety of charges related to the operation of Silk Road earlier this year, Ross Ubricht is now awaiting sentencing. He could be facing as much as life in prison. Although Ulbricht’s lawyer, Joshua Dratel, admitted that Ulbricht had the idea for an online, censorship-resistant marketplace, Dratel argued that Ulbricht was not the administrator of the website during the entirety of its existence. In fact, Dratel’s argument was that Ulbricht was lured back to the website after a long absence by the site’s administrator at that time.
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