International money laundering case allegedly involving the ICO Dragon Coin

According to the federal Thai police, as reported here in the Bangkok Post, the Dragon Coin (which is an ICO), was used for or was involved in it seems unwittingly, an international fraud and money laundering scheme. The Dragon Coin is an ICO allegedly launched with the involvement of a former Triad boss and money [...]

China seizes $1.5 million in Bitcoin from wallets used for illegal online gambling

The police from Guangdong province in China arrested more than 540 people in mid-July and seized more than $1.5 million in Bitcoin associated with illegal online gambling. Police also took offline more than 70 gambling apps and websites and shut down 250 chats for online gambling. In addition, $39 million in assets have been seized [...]

Do foreign digital currency exchanges taking US customers online have to be AML registered in the US?

Do foreign digital currency exchanges that take US customers online have to be AML registered in the US? Not unsurprisingly, the answer is yes. Under US law, digital currency ​exchangers​ qualify as money transmitters and are subject to the obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act. Key concepts to know are that: An exchanger is a person engaged [...]

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 [...]

Granny did it –> millions allegedly seized from banks, PayPal and in Bitcoin & IOTA in European drug bust

According to a statement by Europol, police in Austria and Spain seized €4.5 million in Bitcoin and IOTA as part of a bust of a transnational criminal organization that manufactured and trafficked LSD and laundered the proceeds of crime. The story is a little weird. How the police seized the digital currencies is unknown but [...]

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 [...]