Customs officials in the Czech Republic seized cryptocurrency for the first time as part of an investigation into a suspected drug trafficking group.
Seven suspected drug dealers in the Czech Republic have been buying bulk quantities of drugs on the darkweb to resell throughout the Czech Republic, according to an announcement from Customs. Customs accused the group of regularly purchasing MDMA, LSD, and anabolic steroids on the darkweb for at least five years. In addition to sourcing drugs on the darkweb, the group also produced methamphetamine and cultivated marijuana.
The owner of a cryptocurrency exchange was sentenced to 121 months in prison for money laundering and conspiracy to commit a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) offense.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Weir sentenced Rossen G. Iossifov, 53, formerly of Bulgaria, for conspiracy to commit a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) offense and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Finnish Customs has agreed to sell the Bitcoins seized in connection with drug cases, including 1,666 Bitcoins confiscated from the Finnish ‘darknet drug lord’ known as Douppikauppa.
The customs agency, Tulli, has decided to sell 1,981 Bitcoin worth $76 million.Tulli seized the majority of the Bitcoin–1,666 Bitcoins–during the Douppikauppa case in 2016. The value of Bitcoin has increased more than 100 times since the seizure in 2016.
The popular Monero (XMR) to Bitcoin (BTC) exchange, XMR.to, is shutting down as a result of increasingly invasive money laundering laws and regulations.
XMR.to, an exchange that allows users to anonymously exchange Monero for Bitcoin, is shutting down. The writing has been on the wall for a while now, especially after draconian money laundering laws forced XMR.to to deny service to users in specific regions, such as the United States.
The Department of Justice filed a civil complaint to forfeit 69,370 Bitcoin linked to the Silk Road.
A few days ago, the blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace spotted two transactions sent from Bitcoin addresses associated with the Silk Road marketplace. On November 5, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of California announced the filing of a civil complaint to forfeit thousands of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, and Bitcoin SV. Law enforcement seized the Bitcoin on November 3.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General audited the Postal Inspection Service’s policies and procedures for managing cryptocurrency during investigations.
The audit seemingly focused on internal policies that helped prevent employees of the Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) from compromising undercover investigations. It additionally highlighted the potential for fraud or theft due to the fluctuating prices of cryptocurrencies and the lack of oversight in some investigations.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen defended the controversial elements of the recently proposed American Families Plan Tax Compliance Agenda. The legislation would require banks and other financial services, including cryptocurrency asset exchanges and custodians, to report information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on transactions or balances worth $600 or more. In a recent interview, Yellen called the new requirements “routine.”
The United States Department of Justice announced the creation of a so-called “National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET).” The team apparently focuses primarily on “crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money laundering infrastructure actors.”
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