31 Mar '15, 3pm

Federal agents charged over alleged Silk Road Bitcoin theft

Two federal agents tasked with investigating black market site Silk Road have been charged with fraud after allegedly stealing Bitcoins and stashing the funds in offshore accounts. The US Department of Justice yesterday unsealed a criminal complaint filed against Carl Force, 46, of Baltimore, and Shaun Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, on 25 March. Both men were part of an ultimately successful FBI operation that saw Silk Road shut down along with the arrest of the site's mastermind, Ross Ulbricht on 2 October, 2013. Ulbricht, who was later found guilty of "aiding and abetting the distribution of drugs over the internet," among other charges, is now awaiting sentencing and could be facing the prospect of life behind bars . He is also due to stand trial in Maryland where he will face murder-for-hire charges. Prior to its closure, Silk Road had been a black market running on...

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