New York AG releases integrity report on digital currency exchanges

The New York Office of the Attorney General (the “OAG“) released a report yesterday on the integrity of digital currency exchanges. It sought the voluntary participation of exchanges including Bitstamp, Coinbase, Binance, Huobi, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bittrex, Gemini and Poloniex, among others. The OAG noted that Binance and Kraken declined to participate, citing the fact that [...]

US and China continue joint investigation into fentanyl trafficking

This week, US and Chinese law enforcement announced the continuation of a joint investigation into fentanyl production and trafficking with a view to tackle the problem through money laundering investigations to identify TCOs involved. As part of the announcement, China said that on September 1, 2018, it banned two fentanyl variants. In February 2017, China [...]

Another Canadian in Bitcoin, who was the 3rd largest fentanyl dealer, indicted by US in Operation Darkness Falls

Operation Darkness Falls nets Canadian fentanyl dealer The US DoJ, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the US Postal Service and DEA announced several arrests in Operation Darkness Falls, an international operation that sought to ferret out the identities of people selling illegal drugs, especially fentanyl, on the darknet that accepted Bitcoin and other digital currencies [...]

US indicts 12 Russian nationals for money laundering and hacking

The US has indicted 12 Russian foreign nationals for hacking, conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly interfering with the 2016 US presidential election. According to the indictment, Russia operated an intelligence agency called GRU which obtained confidential documents from the Clinton campaign systems by hacking and systematically released them to sway public opinion. According to [...]

23 members of transnational criminal organization arrested for money laundering

Europol announced today that the Spain and Columbia collectively arrested 23 members of an unidentified transnational criminal organization (the “Group”) involved in laundering the proceeds of crime on behalf of other unidentified transitional criminal organizations. The Group didn’t launder a lot of money – only €2 million.  The Group allegedly used Bitcoin to launder funds [...]

Woman who bought Bitcoin with $300,000 in cash in grocery bags, going to jail for one year

A woman in California, who admitted operating an unlicensed in-person digital currency exchange where she traded cash for Bitcoin,  was sentenced today to 12 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of US$20,000. Theresa Tetley pled guilty to conducting an illegal business and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions involving Bitcoin, and laundering [...]

Operation Dark Gold – arrest of 35 darknet vendors using digital currencies for illegal drug trafficking and commerce

The US Department of Justice, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Secret Service, and the DEA  announced the arrest and pending prosecution of more than 35 darknet vendors across the country after a year-long investigation dubbed Operation Dark Gold. US federal law enforcement seized more than $20 million in Bitcoin and other digital currencies, 100 illegal [...]

Court in China approves Blockchain as a source of evidence

A Court in China has ruled that Blockchain technology can be used to provide evidence in litigation in a first-of-its-kind decision. The litigation involved the ownership of intellectual property, where a claim of IP was recorded on the Blockchain. The Hangzhou Court of the Internet in China’s Zhejiang Province ruled that information stored on the [...]

35 darknet drug traffickers arrested in the US; $20 million in Bitcoin seized

Over 35 people were arrested in a US-wide sweep by the US DOJ, DEA, US Secret Service, ICE, HSI and the FBI agents for selling illegal drugs over the darknet and laundering the proceeds of crime using, inter alia, Bitcoin. The operation involved agents posing as digital currency exchanges to obtain personal information of drug [...]

Darknet drug trafficker with over $1 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin sentenced in US

25-year-old Matthew Yensan, from North Carolina, was sentenced to 78 months incarceration today for producing Xanax and Alprazolam, selling them on the darknet and laundering the proceeds of crime using, inter alia, Bitcoin and Litecoin. According to the indictment, Yensan had a Glock 27 .40, a Smith & Wesson Revolver .357, a Colt King Cobra [...]