Secret Service agent who stole Silk Road Bitcoins sentenced to two more years for stealing stolen Bitcoin

Source: Ars Technica

“Former United States Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was sentenced to an additional two years of prison on Tuesday. US District Judge Richard Seeborg said that Bridges’ totality of crimes and continued dishonesty to the government was a ‘betrayal of trust’ and was ‘among the worst of crimes.’ In August 2017, Bridges pleaded guilty to new counts of money laundering and related forfeiture. In May 2015, Bridges was separately sentenced to 71 months in prison after he stole money from online dealers while investigating Silk Road, a now-defunct Tor-hidden underground website. … Over a year ago, federal authorities strongly suggested in court filings that, in 2015, after Bridges had left the Secret Service and after he had already signed his first guilty plea, he had illegally transferred to himself over 1,600 bitcoins. Those bitcoins had previously been seized by federal authorities from Bitstamp, a European Bitcoin exchange, which later challenged the seizure.” [editor’s note: The feds stole the Bitcoin from Bitstamp, but it’s “among the worst of crimes” to re-steal it from the feds. Reminds me of the plaque Ron Paul used to keep on his desk – TLK] (11/07/17)