BTC Seller Arrested by US Federal Authorities

Morgan Rockcoons is accused of laundering monetary instruments and the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business
21 February 2018   835

A US resident was arrested by the Bureau for the Control and Enforcement of Immigration and Customs Law on February 9 after he sold the bitcoins to the agent under cover. This is reported by Bitcoin.com.

According to documents in the case filed by the Southern District Court of California, Morgan Rockcoons (also Morgan Rockwell) is accused of laundering money and servicing cash transfer operations without a license. The government intends to confiscate all assets belonging to it, relevant to the case.

Arrest Document
Arrest Document

In the episode of money laundering, the defendant is accused of deliberately transferring a financial transaction to a representative of law enforcement agencies in order to obtain income from certain unlawful activities. In 2016, Rockoons traded 9,998 BTC, at that time valued at $ 9,208, for $ 14,500 in fiat, which was handed to him by an undercover agent, saying that the money was received from the production and sale of TGC oil (tetrahydrocannabinol-containing oil). TGC is the main active ingredient of cannabis.

As for the charge for servicing money transfer operations without a license, it is less specific, since it is subject to the majority of US citizens who sell large amounts of crypto currency, without the appropriate license. In one of the previous cases of this kind, law enforcement authorities stated that any transaction over $ 3,000 must be made in accordance with all requirements for customer identification.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   120

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.