Published On: Wed, Aug 16th, 2017

Corrupt Silk Road Investigator Who Stole Bitcoins Pleads Guilty to Second Heist

A former Secret Service special representative who stole bitcoins during an review of a Silk Road has pleaded guilty to charges of income laundering. “Shaun W. Bridges, 35, of Laurel, Md., pleaded guilty to one count of income laundering before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg of a Northern District of California,” U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California pronounced in a press release.

In what could be a storyline of a Hollywood film (or has it been already?), Bridges had pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of deterrent of probity associated to his burglary and diversion of over $800,000 in bitcoin over that he gained control as partial of his purpose on a Baltimore Silk Road Task Force. Bridges was condemned to 71 months in jail on those charges behind in 2015.

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However, new charges were brought opposite him when another burglary of approximately 1,600 bitcoin (valued during a time during $359,005 and $6.6 million today) from a digital wallet that belonged to a US supervision was discovered. Department of Justice pronounced that Bridges stole additional supports from a digital wallet belonging to a Secret Service months after he was primarily charged.

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Bridges is a former clandestine representative who stole millions in bitcoins during a review and successive takedown of Silk Road, a largest dim web marketplace during a time.

During his time with the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force between 2012 and 2014, he was obliged for conducting debate investigations to locate, brand and prosecute targets of a Silk Road Task Force, including Ross Ulbricht. Ulbricht is currently portion a life sentence without a probability of parole.

Bridges had been with a US Secret Service for scarcely 6 years when he stole income from Silk Road accounts with a assistance of another clandestine representative and afterwards attempted to support Curtis Green, one of a Silk Road moderators. Green was auxiliary with a charge force and had given Shaun Bridges and other Baltimore-based agents a brief on how to “log into Silk Road businessman accounts and reset passwords, how to change a standing of a seller to a vendor, how to reset pins.”

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Their framing of Green even pushed Ulbricht to devise a murder of his associate. During a statement, Green told a decider that he taught Bridges and his partner how to pierce bitcoin and censor it thinking “these are a good guys.”

Bridges will be condemned on Nov 7, 2017 and faces 10 years in jail in further to his stream sentence.

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