Undercover agents Carl Force (DEA) and Shaun Bridges (Secret Service) are facing charges including money laundering and wire fraud after they plundered the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Who is this Dread Pirate Roberts?
Ross Ulbricht, AKA the Dread Pirate Roberts was owner of Silk Road – an online black market. Silk Road was an internet platform where illegal drugs and other contraband were sold and purchased. It ran on the darknet Tor, an anonymous network where users could browse, purchase, and sell without being tracked by authorities. Regrettably for Ulbricht, Silk Road was tracked and about to be taken down…but not before it was plundered first.
Arr, stole his bitcoins they did
Undercover agents Carl Force and Shaun Bridges were both involved in a task force to bring down Silk Road and its creator, the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts (Ulbricht). Force was working under the alias of Nob, a big time drug dealer and had been corresponding under that alias with Ulbricht throughout the investigation. During the investigation of Silk Road, Force and Bridges commandeered the account of Silk Road admin Curtis Green from Spanish Fork, UT that Force had recently arrested and used his account to steal bitcoins from Silk Road users. Ulbricht discovered that 350 thousand dollars’ worth of bitcoins were pilfered off his website and tracked the stolen funds back to Green’s account.
Dead men tell no tales
After speaking with a close confident and assuming that Green was in fact the one who stole from Silk Road accounts, Ulbricht decided that the scallywag must be dealt the ultimate punishment for the theft- death. Ironically, he hired Nob (Force) of all people to kill Green. Curtis Green was willing to cooperate fully with the authorities after he was arrested during a setup by Force, and especially when he heard about the hit that Ulbricht put out on him. Force and Bridges worked together with Green to stage the very realistic appearing torture and murder of Green. Pictures were taken during the spectacle and sent to Ulbricht for confirmation of the hit. Not only was the Dread Pirate Roberts satisfied, he paid Force a hefty amount of doubloons for the deed. There were 5 other hits by Ulbricht noted during the investigation, however no more evidence has been located.
Scrub the poop deck or walk the plank?
Ulbricht will find out on Friday is he is facing 20 years or life in prison for his kingpin role in the drug trafficking website. An intelligent young man that used his talents poorly, Ulbricht begged the judge for leniency in an eloquently written, one and a half page letter. Ulbricht will definitely be serving at least 20 years in prison for his crimes, but he hopes to not spend the rest of his life behind bars. That dream is a possibility seeing how he is not facing any charges of attempted murder. Why those charges are being left out, one can only assume. It is possible that bringing those charges to the table will put further light on the warped dealings of the federal agents in this case. So what is to be done for those crooked agents? At this time, both Force and Bridges are looking at federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud. Force is also facing charges of conflict of interest and theft of government property.
Batten down the hatches
Crimes via the internet are quickly evolving and bringing down savvy, curious computer users in its wake. Dealing with websites that are run off hidden networks is dangerous and very often involve illegal activity. If you are someone you know has gotten involved in illegal internet activity, contact a criminal defense attorney that understands the laws pertaining to internet crimes.