Judge To Rule On Extradition Request For Accused Silk Road Admin

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Gary DavisThe High Court led by Mr. Justice Paul McDermott, will make a ruling in February 2016 on the US extradition request for an Irishman (Gary Davis, 27, of Kilpedder Co Wicklow) who is claimed to have been the administrator of an online black market dubbed the Silk Road. Davis is accused by the US authorities of committing online crimes including computer hacking, money laundering and distribution of drugs. Silk Road, created by Ross William Ulbricht and launched in 2011 provided anonymity to its users, where various trades were conducted using an online currency known as Bitcoin. The accused is said to have been an administrator of this bazaar where he used the pseudonym “Libertas” as his admin name. If the Co Wicklow man is convicted, he will receive a life sentence.

The Background of Mr. Davis’s Case

This extradition matter has been going on since January 2014. Since then, the Irish government and the US have been exchanging legal documents and submissions to facilitate the proceedings in this case. Mr. Davis was first arrested on foot of a warrant issued by the High Court in 2014 but he is now on bail until the New Year’s ruling. This case was briefly stated on April 2015 before High Court Judge Paul McDermott, he fixed the final date of July 14th for extradition appeal.

Earlier, Ronan Kennedy BL with Remy Farrell SC for the Attorney General argued that the court needs to make an order for the Mr. Davis’s surrender to the United States. They added that the charges against “Libertas” are quite clear and the High Court wasn’t precluded making an order for his extradition because it is clear that some of the offenses he’s facing may not have been committed in the US territory.

On the other side, counsel gave a brief description of the Silk Road saying that it was operated by American Ross William Ulbricht (“Dread Pirate Roberts” – DPR) until October 2013 when it was seized by FBI. Ulbricht was arrested in San Francisco, and charged with running a website that perpetuated illegal businesses in the internet. Mr. Davis is alleged to be the administrator of the site between June 2013 and October 2013 and had complete knowledge of the items being traded in the online black market he was running. Counsel added that the drugs traded on the site included LSD, heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.

The evidence advanced in Davis’s case was mainly those of the drug purchases. It is also alleged that “Libertas” dealt directly with questions from the Silk Road users and organized various items to be purchased into different categories. The Silk Road also offered hacking software for sale, including products that allow buyers in the site to hack into other people’s social media accounts, mainly Facebook and Twitter accounts. Moreover, the software could hack into ATMS, it could steal passwords and it provided remote access to websites.

It’s alleged that the Silk Road facilitated money laundering in that it had a black market directory where buyers could create anonymous counterfeit bills and bank accounts. The US prosecutor’s case against “Libertas” was based on evidence gotten from computer servers, purchases by undercover agents and documents seized from Ulbricht.

The Verdict of Mr. Davis’s Extradition Request to be made On Early February

Mr Davis
Mr. Davis opposes his extradition on a number of grounds and claims he suffers from a rare form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome and depression. His lawyers claim that if extradited, the 27-year- old Irishman, would be detained in the US under inhuman conditions that are going to degrade his treatment. They also argue that the formal extradition request is flawed and lacks credibility not to mention the fact that the charges against him are vague. They add that Mr. Davis should have been charged with corresponding offenses made in Ireland while working in the Silk Road.

Lawyers of representing the US say that he should be surrendered to the US authorities. The extradition matter was before Justice McDermott on December 1st for the submission of additional documents including Professor Juan Mendez’s sworn statement, a UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Mr. Mendez expressed his view and concerns relating to the conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) a US facility in the New York City where the accused is likely to be held supposed he’s extradited. Mendez told the court that he was not granted access to MCC.

John O Kelly SC, for Mr. Davis, backed Mr. Mendez saying that the UN officer had expressed concerns about Mr. Davis’s mental condition if he were to be held in isolation at MCC. But Remy Farrell SC, for the Attorney General, stated that there was nothing showing that the accused will be held at a Special Housing Unit at the MCC. Counsel told the court that the MCC special unit is used to house drug cartel convicts and terror suspects. Nevertheless, assurances have been made that Mr. Davis’s health condition would be monitored if he is detained. O Kelly has argued earlier that there was a real risk of Co Wicklow man being exposed to some unconstitutional measures which would amount to a denial of justice.

The counsel having heard from both parties, Justice McDermott said that he hoped to make a final ruling early February, 2016. Counsel was able to make conclusions after paying attention to the submissions from both parties.

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Silk Road Vendor Found Guilty For Selling Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Methylone

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As the Department of Justice at Middle District of Florida announced “federal jury has found Andrew Pieters (30, Orlando) guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and attempting to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.” Pieters will be serving the maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

Who is Andrew Pieters?Andrew Pieters

Andrew Pieters, a former vendor on the Silk Road marketplace was arrested in January 9th, 2015.

Evidence suggests that Pieters was, not only selling drugs at the online black market, but out on the streets, too. Apparently, the former Silk Road vendor was a top-level distributor of methylone in central Florida.

Methylone (street name – molly), is basically a club drug; similar to ecstasy, it has much more sever health risks. Molly is a Schedule I controlled substance that causes overheating, dehydration, and even death.

According to evidence, the drug that Andrew Pieters, aka Drew, was selling between January and August 2013 had been imported from China and purchased through Silk Road, a well-known online drug marketplace. The Silk Road had been shut down in October 2013, and its founder, Ross Ulbricht, sentenced to a lifetime in prison, earlier this year.

But, back to Pieters – according to some sources, he was already known to the police; the trouble was that they were unable to gather enough evidence against him to make the case. Pieters was a longtime suspect of the DEA, but since selling drugs on the Silk Road marketplace was anonymous, they had some trouble identifying him.

After the shutdown of the Silk Road, Pieters was forced to move his business out to the streets, where an entirely different set of rules applied. Leaving behind the security that the online trading provided, Pieters was completely unaware of the street rules. If he had been, he would’ve been more cautious. Luckily for the DEA, an informer recognized him as the top-level seller on the streets, so they made a plan to catch him red-handed.

The Operation

The whole operation of catching the former Silk Road vendor was thoroughly planned by the Special DEA Agent, Schappert.

The DEA started an investigation on him in November 2014 in cooperation with the informer, who was actually a former convict. Apparently, the informer identified Andrew Pieters as a person who could receive and sell a kilo of methylone to prospective buyers within a week.

In December 2014, the informer, working closely with the DEA, negotiated the sale of 2 kilos of methylone. The call was, however, recorded.

Methylone

Pieters met with the informer first time in January 2015, when they arranged the trade. What Pieters wasn’t aware of was that his future client was thoroughly wired and the whole conversation was recorded. Pieters was clearly heard to say that he already had a buyer, meaning that he was acting as a middleman in this particular trade. Pieters agreed to receive 2 kilos of methylone and deliver it to the buyer; he was also heard to say how this time he’s willing to do it without commission, but that he will demand some percentage of the next deal.

The DEA in cooperation with the local detectives, made a plan to provide the informer with 2 kilos of fake methylone to take it to Pieters. Fake drug was packaged in the US Postal Service Box. Informer and Pieters met again at the Millenia Place apartments located at 5215 Blvd., Orlando, Florida.

Packed with video and audio recording equipment, the informer parked his car on the arranged address and waited for Pieters; while the DEA agent and detectives stayed just behind, within the transmission range.

When Pieters arrived in his BMW, the informer took the 2 kilos of drugs and joined Pieters in his car. Soon after he was arrested.

According to the DEA agent, Pieters refused to provide the name of his buyer, who allegedly canceled the buyout just before the arranged meeting; apparently, the former Silk Road vendor intended to sell the drug for his own gain, since the street value of a kilogram of molly was around $11,000.

Online Black MarketDepartment of Justice confirmed that “prior to his arrest, Pieters had planned to distribute at least a kilogram per week of methylone in central Florida.”

Andrew ‘Drew’ Pieters faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, for the attempt to possess and distribute illegal drug called methylone.

His sentence hearing is scheduled for December 10, 2015.

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Arrested Silk Road 2.0 Drug Dealer Could Face Jail

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A drug dealer who was apprehended as part of the international crackdown on the online black market Silkroad 2.0 has been warned that he faces jail term.

Cei William Owens29 year old Cei William Owens, from Aberystwyth, was arrested as one of 7 citizens of United Kingdom who were taken into custody by the NCA (National Crime Agency) in November 2014, hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Blake Benthall, the alleged mastermind behind drug bazaar Silkroad 2.0. Mr. Owens and others were charged in February 2015.

Owens appeared at the Swansea Crown Court on 22nd June 2015 and pleaded guilty to 5 counts of drug possession and distribution through the Silkroad 2.0 platform, specifically cannabis and magic mushrooms.

In spite of Owen’s guilty plea, Judge Thomas cautioned the defendant that “all options remained open” when it came to sentencing.

Judge Thomas also allowed a proceeds of crime application that was made by the prosecution counsel, Claire Wilks. The application gives the police powers to confiscate any assets or money Cei Williams made during his drug operation on the Silkroad 2.0 website.

Owens, who previously lived in Aberdovey but is currently residing in Aberystwyth, was granted bail – subject to certain conditions. He will be sentenced on 24th July 2015 ahead of the proceeds of crime hearing that will be held later this year.

The online black market Silkroad was founded in 2011 and enabled more than two hundred million dollars of anonymous online drug sales using bitcoins. Last month, Ross William Ulbricht, its creator, was sentenced to life in prison by a United States Judge for multiple charges including conspiracy to commit computer hacking, money laundering and drug trafficking.

After the FBI shutdown the Silkroad, a second website called Silkroad 2.0 – was launched. The Silkroad 2.0 website is believed to have been infiltrated by government officials from the beginning, which is part of the reason why its creator and some of the drug dealers who used Silkroad 2.0 were arrested shortly after it was shut down.Silk Road Shutdown

After carrying out several raids in the United Kingdom last year, the NCA bosses said that criminals were misguided if they thought that online black markets offered them an anonymous and safe method for them to sell drugs.

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Silk Road Agent Will Plead Guilty To Charges

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A former special agent and computer forensics expert with the United States Secret Service has reached a plea deal on charges that he fraudulently obtained $820,000 dollars in Bitcoin during the investigation into the online black market “Silk Road”, according to court documents.

Notice of the agreement was filed in the United States District Court Northern District of California on 17th June 2015, with the court filing including the request that Shawn Bridges will enter his guilty pleas to money laundering and wire fraud on 31st August 2015 or 1st September 2015, depending on the availability of the court. As part of the-agreement, the United States government has requested that Shawn Bridges relinquishes any property that’s traceable to his illicit actions and be forced to pay “a money-judgment that’s equivalent to the total amount of property” that is involved in the violations.

Shaun BridgesShaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland was part of the Baltimore Silk Road task force that was known as SA Force — a group that had been charged with tracking down Ross Ulbricht, who used the moniker “Dread Pirate Roberts.” He was assigned to conduct forensic computer investigations as part of an effort to locate the servers of Silk Road servers for SA Force.

Shaun allegedly used information he had obtained from his interrogation of Curtis Green, a customer service representative of the Silk Road, who had administrator access, to access the systems of Silk Road, reset a few passwords and allegedly stole $820,000 worth of bitcoins. Shaun then kept the illicit funds in a Bitcoin exchange that was known as Mt. Gox. Mt. Gox infamously collapsed last year after it admitted that it had lost track of several hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoins. Shaun then allegedly wired funds into one of his own investment accounts in the U.S. a day before he sought a $2.1 million seizure warrant for Mt. Gox’s accounts.

Carl ForceOn the team with Bridges was Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Carl Mark Force IV, 46, of Baltimore, who’s also facing criminal charges. Carl Force is charged with extorting Ross Ulbricht, as well as theft of government property, money laundering, wire fraud and conflict of interest.

The filing indicates that Carl Force completed ten wire transfers from the proceeds of his illegal actions on the Silk Road to bank accounts at PNC Bank and Quantum Fidelity. 9 of the wire transfers were for amounts that exceeded $ 99,000, according to a separate 16th June 2015 filing, with the largest amount totalling $ 225,000.

Bridges, who had joined the U.S. Secret Service in 2009, resigned from the U.S. Secret Service on March 18th 2015. He later surrendered to authorities in San Francisco and was released on bail a few days later. Shaun’s attorney, Steven Levin has said that his client accepts responsibility and he has regretted his actions from the start.

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Bitcoin Entrepreneur Begins His 2-Year Sentence

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Silk RoadBitinstant CEO and founding board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, Charlie Shrem began his stint in prison on March 30th 2015 having been sentenced on 19th December 2014 to 2 years in prison. Shrem had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business.

Charlie Shrem, 25 will serve his time at USP Lewisburg in Pennsylvania. It’s a high security federal prison, but Shrem will be in the minimum security satellite camp.

Shrem was arrested at JFK Airport on January 26 2014, while returning to the United States, after attending a convention in Amsterdam. Shrem along with Robert M. Faiella were accused of selling more than $1 million in bitcoins in a money laundering scheme that involved users of Silkroad – the notorious online black market that was ultimately shut down. Shrem was also accused of wilfully failing to file suspicious activity and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.

Charlie Shrem used his Bitcoin exchange, Bitstant, to transfer money deposited in bank accounts by clients of the Silkroad.

Shrem’s co-defendant, Robert Faiella, was sentenced to four years in prison in January 2015 after he pleaded guilty to operating an illegal money transmission business. Faiella had been operating a bitcoin exchange on the Silkroad website.

BitcoinsAccording to court documents, between December 2011 and October 2013 when Silkroad was seized by federal agents, Faiella, operating under the user name BTCking on the Silkroad website, allegedly obtained Bitcoins through BitInstant, and then sold them at a profit to drug sellers and buyers on the Silkroad website. Bitcoin was the only form of currency that was used on the Silkroad website to buy drugs and other paraphernalia that were marketed through Silkroad.

Shrem hopes that he’ll only have to serve 9 or 10 months of his 2-year prison sentence. During his stay at the Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp, he’ll share a cell with 2 or 3 inmates. Shrem will be able to stay in contact with the outside world through e-mail, and has requested that people send him messages during his prison time. Additionally, Charlie asked for people to send him magazines and books, letters and articles. He is also encouraging the bitcoin community to send him money that he plans to use to pay for food, e-mail and stamps, phone access and other items.

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The Rise and Fall of The Infamous Darknet Market

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Silkroad was an anonymous online black market that was created by Ross William Ulbricht. It was a well-known platform for the sale of illegal and contraband items. Silkroad was the eBay version of the darknet – a huge portion of the internet where users interact through anonymous browsers, encrypted email messages and crypto currencies like bitcoin.

The Beginning of Silkroad

Ross Ulbricht While Ross Ulbricht grew up in Austin, Texas, he never showed any signs that he was aspiring to be the boss of a drug cartel. He was an Eagle Scout and a very intelligent student whose SAT scores earned him a scholarship at University of Texas, Dallas. In graduate school he joined the libertarians and developed a strong aversion for government interference. In 2010, he began growing hallucinogenic fungi which he hoped to sell underground through Silkroad.

While the ‘shrooms where growing up, Ulbricht began to learn computer programming. After getting stuck midway, he called on his college friend Richard Bates who was working as a programmer at eBay. He hid the Silkroad project on Tor browser –the anonymous browsing system developed by the U.S. Navy. To evade both government and banking oversight or intrusion, Ulbricht set up Silkroad to accept bitcoin.

After months of intense development, Silkroad was launched in February 2011. It was hosted on the Tor network. Ulbricht was known by the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts”. Within a short time, the site had many vendors and buyers. Silkroad had a ranking system that ranked vendors and helped buyers to screen out vendors with bad feedback. Ulbricht became rich quite fast because he charged about 10 to 12 percent on every transaction.

BitcoinsSilkroad made Ulbricht a multi-millionaire at 29. Through his illicit drug trade from February 2011 till July 2013, over 1.2 million transactions took place on the site. Total revenue obtained from these transactions was over 9.5 million bitcoins with a total commission of over 600,000 bitcoins. This provided Ulbricht with a commission of about 80 million dollars.

The Fall

After the Silk Road website was made public in 2011, Senator Charles Schumer requested for it to be shut down by Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). From that time, the activities on Silkroad, as well as the moves made by Ulbricht, were closely monitored. In May 2013, Silkroad was taken down temporarily by a DDoS attack. In October 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested at the Glen Park library in San Francisco.

He was indicted for drug trafficking conspiracy, money laundering, and computer hacking. The FBI sized 26,000 bitcoins from Silkroad accounts which were sold in June 2014. During the trial in January 2015, Ulbricht said he had transferred control of the site to other people shortly after founding it.

Conclusion

The biography and journals about Silkroad kept by Ulbricht on his laptop provided sufficient evidence to convict him of several criminal offenses. He kept an Excel spreadsheet of his earnings and documented all his business transactions. In February 2015, the jury found him guilty of running a criminal enterprise, for which he may be sentenced to 30 years to life.

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Third Bitcoin Auction Seized From Silk Road

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BitcoinsOn Wednesday, the U.S. government said that it is planning to auction the bitcoins seized from Silk Road, the online black market, for the third time. The decision is to auction as much as 50,000 bitcoins. The auction to be conducted by the Marshals Service in the U.S. on March 5, 2015 is the third auction of the seized bitcoins. In an email statement, the Marshals Service said that the winners of the auction will be notified on the next day.

The auction of the seized bitcoins follows the February 4 criminal conviction of Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind the Silk Road which according to prosecutors, allowed customers to buy as well as sell drugs and several other illegal goods without the knowledge of the law enforcement agencies. The federal jury in Manhattan found the 30-year old Ross Ulbricht, who ran the Silk Road under the false name “Dread Pirate Roberts”, guilty of enabling approximately $200 million worth of online narcotics dealings using bitcoins. Ulbricht’s website, the Silk Road, was closed down in October 2013.

Bitcoin and Money CashFederal agents had seized 29,655 bitcoins at the time of closing down the Silk Road. The bitcoins seized from the server (buyers and sellers had stored the currency in the server) is worth approximately $7.2 million as of now. The government had seized as much as 144,336 bitcoins from Ulbricht’s computers. This is now valued at $35 million. In January, a judge had ordered that the bitcoins seized from Ulbricht be sold.

According to the Marshals Service, the bitcoins will be offered in blocks each of 2,000 and 3,000 bitcoins. Therefore, there will 10 blocks of 2,000 bitcoins and 10 blocks of 3,000 bitcoins. Bidders who want to participate in the auction must register by March 2, 2015.

The online virtual currency bitcoins has lost as much as 80% of its value after hitting a peak of $1,147.25 on December 4, 2013. On Thursday, the virtual currency was traded at $242 on bitcoin exchanges.

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Arrested Silk Road Dealer Pleads Guilty To Drug Dealing

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Silk Road MarketplaceDavid Lawrence Handel, age 26, of Columbus, Ohio has pleaded guilty to dealing drugs through Silkroad website, an online black market for users to sell as well as buy false identifications, narcotics and other contraband online.

According to Handel’s plea agreement, he contacted buyers of methylone, and other drugs through Silkroad. Handel accepted to receive payment electronically through Silkroad and shipped the drugs through the United States Postal Service to his customers in Maryland, throughout U.S. and in other countries.

In 2012, federal agents in Maryland who were assigned to an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) made a few undercover drug purchases on Silkroad, including methylone, from David Lawrence Handel, who then shipped the drugs to Maryland.

He is one of a few drug dealers that federal agents were carefully watching before Silkroad was shut down in 2013.

On August 21, 2012, United States Customs and Border Protection intercepted a package containing synthetic drugs that came from China and was addressed to David Lawrence Handel in Columbus, Ohio. Handel picked up the package the following day from his local post office then was arrested by federal agents as he left the post office with the synthetic drugs. Handel also had a Glock pistol strapped to his ankle then another firearm inside his car. Federal agents also recovered additional drugs that included more than six hundred grams of methylone from his apartment, as well as3 more firearms.

ArrestWhen he was arrested, Handel confessed to being a well-established drug dealer on Silkroad. He admitted purchasing synthetic drugs from his supplier in China, and having them shipped to him through U.S. mail. Handel also admitted that he spent $ 4,800 on his recent shipment from China which he intended to sell to buyers on Silkroad.

Handel faces up to twenty years in prison for trafficking drugs; and a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of life in prison for carrying as well as using a firearm in relation to trafficking drugs. Chief United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake scheduled Handel’s sentencing for May 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

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Ulbricht Not To Testify On His own Defense

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Ross William UlbrichtRoss Ulbricht, the 30-year old alleged mastermind behind the online black market the Silk Road will not be testifying in his own defense. That decision had been put off by Ross Ulbricht and his lawyers, but U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest asked Ross about it directly on Monday, after the U.S. government wrapped up its case against him. Ross Ulbricht replied “I am not going to testify, Your Honor”.

Some legal experts have said that putting the alleged mastermind of the Silk Road on the witness stand would be a perilous decision, since it would leave him vulnerable to a tough cross examination by the U.S. government prosecutors. But Ulbricht is allowed to change his mind on Tuesday as his defense lawyers continue to put on their case.

On Monday,the defense called its first three witnesses, all of whom said that they knew Ulbricht, the alleged ringleader of the Silk Road since his childhood in Austin, Texas, and testified to his “gentle” and “kind” nature. But Ross Ulbricht’s case was dealt a blow due to the fact that the two expert witnesses that Ross Ulbricht’s lawyers wanted to testify will not be permitted to do so. Judge Katherine Forrest forbade both of them from talking to the jury. Ulbricht’s defense lawyers wanted to call Steven Bellovin, a Columbia University computer science professor to testify on a wide variety of computer issues and Andreas Antonopoulos, an information security expert to testify as a Bitcoin expert.

Judge Katherine Forrest Judge Forrest criticized Ulbricht’s defense for not giving adequate lead time on the witnesses and said that disclosures on both expert witnesses were essentially too late, too little. Forrest also said that Ulbricht’s defense late disclosure about the experts was “a tactical choice” and that the possibility that defendant may want to call expert witnesses was long known.

Closing arguments in the Ross Ulbricht’s trial, which began three weeks ago, are expected to take place on Tuesday, and the jury of six women and six men could begin deliberating as early as Wednesday.

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“I am not Dread Pirate Roberts”, Mt. Gox Former CEO Denies

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Ross Ulbricht30-year-old Ross Ulbricht who is currently on trial for being the anonymous mastermind behind Silkroad, an online black marketsite dealing in drugs, has alleged that he is innocent and has been framed by Mark Karpeles, whom he who insists is the real “Dread Pirate Roberts”. Dead Pirate Roberts, name used to refer to the anonymous mystery man behind Silkroad.

Mark Karpeles, former CEO of Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange, has protested and has been quoted as saying “I’m not a pirate or a fraudster”. Karpeles later took to Twitter to clarify what he meant by “pirate”, tweeting “I am not and have never been Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Joshua DratelUlbricht’s defense attorney, Joshua Dratel claims that the government has the evidence they need to prove that Karpeles, not Ulbricht is that mystery man behind Silkroad. In cross examination of Jared Der-Yeghiaya, Dratel read emails to the court which show that Der-Yeghiayan, lead investigator of the Silkroad case had collected sufficient evidence to accuse Karpeles of being the brains behind Silkroad.

While cross-examined by Dratel, Der-Yeghiayan, who is employed by Homeland Security, said that he had actively pursued Mark Karpeles as the alleged operator of Silkroad. In August 2013, less than two months before Ross Ulbricht’s arrest, he swore in an affidavit that it was highly likely that Mark Karpeles was the man they’d been looking for.

There are also allegations being made against Karpeles as it has been pointed out that Karpeles sounds exactly like the “Dread Pirate Roberts” did, in an interview back in August 2013. To add further fuel to these allegations being made against Karpeles, Der-Yeghiayan has testified that both silkroadmarket.org and tuxttele.com were registered and hosted under a Karpeles holding. In response to Silkroad allegations been made against him, Karpeles maintains that “he has nothing to do with Silkroad”.

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