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   248

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

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.

20 % of University Students gain Cryptocurrency with Aid

The Student Loan Report along with Pollfish interviewed 1,000 university students with related loan debt
23 March 2018   157

It took them for 4 days to collect the data (from March, 16 till March, 20 of this year). All the participants were to ask the following question: Have you ever use student loan money to invest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin?

The results were remarkable. The poll revealed that 21,2  % of current students with the loan debt have used aid money in order to fund a cryptocurrency investment. So, over one-fifth answered in the affirmative.

Drew Cloud, the leader of the Student Loan Report, clarified that the younger Americans are more active investors as they are rather optimistic about cryptocurrency. Therefore the students want to get involved in this subject in any way possible. Drew Cloud sincerely thought the percentage would be lower. He considers that any college student's budget is thin and limited, therefore some extra money may be used on rest, groceries, or books.

The Student Loan Report approved: student loan debtors would be to pull off such a manipulation as they are given their remaining loans to be used on “living expenses”. From time to time they borrow more than they end up needing for studies. College debtors`spending of the money is not officially tracked and this allows the leftover means to be spent in the way preferred by the student. Another important factor is loan debt payments often do not occur until after graduation, and generally 6 months after.

Mr. Cloud claimed that cryptocurrency was the most prevalent investment of 2017. The young Americans consider that digital money is a savvy way to spend their refund checks. Some students even suggest that they would be able to quickly pay their debts off (because “not long ago every virtual currency was experiencing seemingly unstoppable growth”).

A significant shortcoming from the survey are data concerning how much the average student of the university spent of their financial aid on cryptocurrency. It also would have been interesting to know what types of digital means students favoured.