Eagle Scout who became a Bitcoin multi-millionaire by selling fentanyl-laced pills on Canadian darknet site, found guilty of super kingpin charges

Super kingpin fentanyl dealer Aaron Shamo, who was an Eagle Scout and a Mormon, was found guilty at the end of August in Utah of continuing a criminal enterprise on the darknet and selling fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. He is expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment under the “super kingpin” laws, similar to [...]

Bitcoin rich kid who sold drugs on the darknet laced with fentanyl sentenced to 17 years in prison

A 22-year-old California man named Wyatt Pasek, was sentenced on August 26, 2019, to more than 17 years in prison in California for selling fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Pasek sold drugs on the darknet on a marketplace under the name “OxyGod”, and was paid with Bitcoin. The proceeds of crime [...]

Another Bitcoin executive tortured and then killed to death

Another Bitcoin CEO was killed in Kerala, India today over losses that he was allegedly unable to pay back, according to news reports in India. CEO Abdul Shakoor allegedly lost several millions of dollars in Bitcoin and when he was unable to pay it back, he was tortured and beat up by what appear to have [...]

Ontario Securities Commission settles with Canadian ICO consultant, promoter and listing agent

The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC“) has entered into a settlement agreement with a Canadian company called CoinLaunch to settle claims that it engaged in the business of trading securities contrary to the Securities Act (Ontario) in respect of two ICOs. Articles about CoinLaunch stated that over $1,050,000,000 was generated on its ICO platforms (see below). [...]

US Treasury files civil claim against foreign Bitcoin exchange and its owner / officer to enforce penalties of $100M for AML failures

The US Attorney for the Northern District of California, on behalf of the US Treasury, has filed a civil complaint against the Bitcoin exchange known as BTC-e and one of its alleged owners / officers, Alexander Vinnik, to enforce over $100 million in monetary penalties for a series of anti-money laundering law violations. BTC-e was [...]

Several agencies take down Bitcoin mixing & anonymizing service

Working with Europol, several law enforcement agencies shut down a Bitcoin mixing and anonymizing service called Bestmixer, which was one of the largest mixing services for digital currencies. Mixing and anonymizing services or anonymizing exchanges process digital currencies on behalf of customers in order to make it difficult to trace the digital currencies. The purpose [...]

FATF to finalize interpretation of virtual assets, digital currency exchanges and ICOs to require they be FIU-registered and supervised for AML compliance

In furtherance of the US approach to responsible innovation, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF“)’s private sector consultation in Vienna two weeks ago, will help drive changes to FATF Recommendation 15 to bring digital currencies, ICOs, and digital currency exchanges more fully into the AML requirements in June 2019. The Vienna change will take effect [...]