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Corrupt DEA Agent Carl Force Gets 6 Years In Prison For Extorting Bitcoins

Carl Force, the former DEA agent who was part of the Silk Road task force was sentenced for more than 6 years of prison for extorting payments in Bitcoins from Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht. According to law enforcement authorities, Carl Force has received around $50.000 in BTC from Ulbricht. He posed as a dark net market vendor called “Nob” and convinced the Silk Road founder that he had information regarding the investigation of the Silk Road investigation. However, Force, instead of reporting the Bitcoins he received from Ulbricht to the Drug Enforcement Administration, he transferred the amount to his personal account.

The former DEA agent has pled guilty for charges of extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice back in July. However, he was not the only federal agent who had been caught doing illegal activities in the Silk Road case. Another federal agent, Shaun Bridges, who was also part of the Baltimore Silk Road task force, is due to be sentenced in December for charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice. He pled guilty for these charges. According to court documents, Bridges used a Silk Road administrator account for stealing around 20.000 BTC, which he converted and cashed out worth around $820.000 at the time.

Force has tried to extort more Bitcoins from Ulbricht claiming that he had more information regarding the investigation. He posed as a Silk Road user called “French Maid” and asked the Silk Road founder to send him $98.000 in Bitcoins. Force’s defense has asked court for shorter sentence due to the ex-DEA agent’s mental health issues, however, prosecution stayed with the 87 months of prison term. On Monday, Carl Force has apologized to the American people for betraying them:

“I’m sorry. I lost it and I don’t understand a lot of it,” he said.

4 comments

  1. Would love to see his crooked ass get placed in open population. 15 year DEA veteran, yeah – he would have a life expectancy of less than a month of the floor of a federal prison…

  2. Commit theft, extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice – get six years.
    Facilitate transactions between consenting adults – get life in prison.

    • Anonymous Coward

      >Facilitate transactions between consenting adults – get life in prison.

      Nope, it is:

      Compete with US government – get life in prison.

  3. For all you guys calling for this mans head and saying give him life and all that shit. It just goes to show the double standards on both sides. You are whivk to defend a vendor caught selling and say they deserve a fair chance but because this guy is a law man you want the book thrown at him. He got greedy and made some mistakes in judgement. Its not like he murdered anyone. This guy deserves a second chance just like anyone else.

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