Ex Federal Agents Charged with Stealing $1 Million in Silk Road Drug Case
SAN FRANCISCO: What is law enforces become law breakers? It does one very bad thing for a country as it tends to weaken peopleâ€™s trust in the law. Thankfully in this case such people have been uncovered and taken to task. They will have to spend their lifetime behind the high prison walls.
Latest reports suggest that two investigators have been charged in U.S. District Court in San Francisco with illegally acquiring more than a million dollars in bitcoin. They did it while investigating into the “Silk Road” online black market.
Federal prosecutors told the media yesterday that Carl Force, 46, of Baltimore, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, 32, a former special agent with the Secret Service have been charged in the said case. The two have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering.
In the meantime Federal officials claim that they have also charged Force with theft of government property and conflict of interest. It is simply unbelievable to many people as the 46-year old Force, a DEA agent of 15 years, was the main undercover agent in communication with “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the suspect who founded the Silk Road website in 2011. On the other hand the younger of the two Bridges was a computer forensic expert with the Secret Service assigned to the case.
The man behind Silk Road website Ulbricht was arrested in a San Francisco public library in October 2013 and accused of founding and running the Silk Road website, an online marketplace that facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars worth of drug sales. But it was not a usual e-commerce site as transactions on Silk Road website were conducted in bitcoin.
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