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Two federal agents accused of stealing Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Apr 2015 21:08 User comments (12)

Two federal agents accused of stealing Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road Two former federal agents, one from the DEA and one from the U.S. Secret Service, have been accused of stealing Bitcoins after millions of dollars were seized from the online drug bazaar Silk Road.
The agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses for the alleged theft, which took place before and after the raid that took down the black market in 2013.

DEA agent Carl Force was the lead agent in the murder-for-hire case against convicted Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht and U.S. Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was a computer forensics expert on the case.

Allegedly, Force set up fake online profiles in attempts to extort funds from Ulbricht. At one point, Force extorted $100,000 in Bitcoin from Ulbricht, which was deposited to his personal accounts and later wired to an account in Panama to launder the funds.

Additionally, Force was an investor in CoinMKT, and he used his position as an executive to illegally seize accounts and Bitcoin, taking as much as $297,000.

Bridges allegedly stole $820,000 from Silk Road and was also the person who signed off on the seizure of about $33 million in bitcoin from Ulbricht and the Silk Road.

Source:
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12.4.2015 2:15

and?

if i was in a position to appropriate over half a million dollars, I'd go for it too.


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22.4.2015 4:19

Originally posted by DXR88:
and?

if i was in a position to appropriate over half a million dollars, I'd go for it too.
law enforcement are not suppose to steal.If they lied about stealing money then they might of lied to get people convicted & cases might need to have a re-trial.

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32.4.2015 5:52

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by DXR88:
and?

if i was in a position to appropriate over half a million dollars, I'd go for it too.
law enforcement are not suppose to steal.If they lied about stealing money then they might of lied to get people convicted & cases might need to have a re-trial.
it happens everyday, the only difference is that 2 lawmen got tired of the table scraps the governments been feeding and wanted everything on the plate. they got sloppy however and left a trail and now the government wants to know where "their" money is.

i find thieves stealing from thieves, quite amusing.

not to mention its "Silk Road" no doubt in my mind there guilty of associating with assassins, regardless of whose case it was.

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42.4.2015 6:44

If you bothered to read the indictment you would know that Force stole $20,000 grand worth of bit coin from one guy. Claiming that he guys withdrawals looked suspicious.

52.4.2015 11:22

Wow. This pretty much guarantees a successful defense and/or appeal (no idea how far the trial has gone) for Ross Ulbricht. Gross malfeasance is as gross malfeasance does...

62.4.2015 17:34

There's no honour amongst thieves.

72.4.2015 22:14

Not sure how anyone here can validate or approve any of the alleged crimes committed.


83.4.2015 11:46

Well, for drug-related crimes, I simply don't believe in the validity of ANY "victimless crime" accusation. That's simply BS, in my opinion, usually based on our Puritan roots in the US. Bleh. The murder-for-hire accusation, well, I certainly do agree with, assuming it's true.

That said, it's not about validation; it's just that this will likely greatly harm the prosecution's case vs. the defendant. It took far less evidence of malfeasance by Robert Gates (hope I got the name right) to get OJ off the hook, after all.

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95.4.2015 12:36

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Not sure how anyone here can validate or approve any of the alleged crimes committed.
they saw an opportunity to steal thousands and get rich, if they got away with it they'd keep the money and never look back, i'm sure thousands possibly millions would take that risk if they thought they could get away with it.


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106.4.2015 1:03

The way I see it:
If it is 3M- USD not matter who the thefts are, for me; they just go for lefts-overs.
Taking in consideration that for a person that make 100K a year for 30yrs. We only make 3M as a hard worker paycheck-slave.

Just saying.


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116.4.2015 3:43

Originally posted by Mrguss:
The way I see it:
If it is 3M- USD not matter who the thefts are, for me; they just go for lefts-overs.
Taking in consideration that for a person that make 100K a year for 30yrs. We only make 3M as a hard worker paycheck-slave.

Just saying.
DEA agents especially, id rather join the army and get shot at than be that DEA agent that has to bring down a cartel operation.

at least in the army you get toy's that cost more than you'd ever make ever.


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128.4.2015 12:37

oops double post

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