It appears, the exemplary punishment Ross Ulbricht got from the court in the US has scared other similarly placed criminals as after Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service agent who was charged along with Force in March with stealing Bitcoins, the web-based digital currency, during the investigation pleaded guilty, Carl Force has also done the same.
Carl Force, a former federal agent has agreed to plead guilty to stealing Bitcoins during the government’s investigation of Silk Road. According to American media he secretly solicited payment from the operator of the online black market for information on its probe. So far he has agreed to plead guilty on July 1.
Facing Charges of Extortion, Money Laundering, Obstruction of Justice
The charges that he is pleading guilty include extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Looks like the deal came after prosecutors last week reached a plea agreement with Shaun Bridges who was a partner with him. He was also charged along with Force in March with stealing Bitcoins, the web-based digital currency, during the investigation of Silk Road.
Nonetheless, it comes to the front that the two agents and their lawyers must have realized that if they don’t plead guilty they may get higher and severe punishment than they would otherwise get in this open and shut case. Silk Road operated for more than two years until it was shut down in October 2013 as it was running illegal drug den.
The Two Agents Siphoned of Silk Road Bitcoins to Their Personal Accounts
The drug peddling company was generating more than $214 million in sales of drugs and other illicit goods using Bitcoins. That was a turning point in the short history of Bitcoin as Ross Ulbricht; Silk Road’s creator was sentenced to life in prison in May after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty of several charges.
The two agents e.g. Force and Bridges belonged to a Baltimore-based federal task force that investigated Silk Road. However, rather than investigating the case fairly, they tried to take advantage of the situation and siphoned off thousands of Bitcoins. The case is U.S. v. Bridges, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 15-cr-319.
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