Listing Website Suspected For $0.5B Laundering in Crypto

At the moment, US DOJ seized Backpage. com and fully stopped its activity
11 April 2018   185

In the US, operators of the Backpage website, which was used to advertise sexual services, were accused of organizing and abetting prostitution, as well as laundering $ 500 million illegally obtained, including using crypto-currencies. In 2015, the site began accepting payments through the crypto-exchange Coinbase and Kraken, as well as payment instruments GoCoin, Paxful and Crypto Capital. This is reported by Cointelegraph.

Backpage Website
Backpage Website

By laundering the illegal gains of an enterprise, Backpage perpetuated the exploitation of victims and continued to finance their business.
 

Guy Cottrell

Chief Inspector, Post

The indictment states that the defendants “converted customer payments into and out of cryptocurrency” in order to hide their crime and evade law enforcement. But beyond the indictment, the crypto trail goes further, involving not only the defendants, but the sex workers who used the online hub as well.

At the moment, law enforcement agencies have stopped the operation of the web resource.

Consensus 2018 summit to be held in New York City

4th annual blockchain technology summit - Consensus 2018, will take place in New York City on May 14-16
22 April 2018   32

CoinDesk has announced its 4th annual blockchain technology summit Consensus 2018 on May 14-16 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Along with the discussions on the blockchain technology, the event is going to feature a hackathon, PoW pitch competition and a scholarship award in a partnership with Zcash. Title sponsors of the event include bloq, Deloitte, Ledger, Octagon Strategy and SONM.

Consensus 2018 will feature 250+ speakers and 4,000+ attendees from the leading industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise tech leaders, and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy. Among the notable speakers there will be Blockstack co-founder Dr. Muneeb Ali, J.P.Morgan blockchain program lead Amber Baldet, eToro CEO and founder Yoni Assia, Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf, ConsenSys founder Steve Cerveny, Athena Capital founder Meltem Demirors and many others.

The full 3-day agenda of the event can be found here.