Agent gets 6 years: Service Agent Years Road
Published: December 9, 2015
Agent gets 6 years: Service Agent Years Road, Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was sentenced Monday to 71 months in prison after he stole money from Silk Road dealers while investigating the site.
“This, to me, is an extremely serious crime consisting of the betrayal of public trust from a public official. From what I can see, it was motivated by greed,” US District Judge Richard Seeborg told the court today. “No departure or variance is warranted in this case. I seldom find myself in the position of imposing a high-end sentence, but I find this is warranted in this case.”
In addition to his sentence today, the judge ordered Bridges to forfeit the following property: $165,000 from Fidelity brokerage, $306,000 held in trust, and $4,000 from a PNC Bank account.
Bridges pleaded guilty in October 2015 to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice. He also agreed to pay $500,000 in restitution. That same month, Bridges’ co-investigator, Carl Mark Force of the Drug Enforcement Agency, was sentenced by Judge Seeborg to 6.5 years in prison. Force pled guilty in June 2015.
Bridges’ sentencing is merely the latest as the fallout from the Silk Road case continues: last Friday, the FBI announced that Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht’s alleged top adviser was arrested in Thailand and is pending extradition to the United States. Ulbricht himself was sentenced to life in prison in May 2015.
“This was not just a pure theft. This was not someone stealing money from the till,” said Richard B. Evans, an attorney from the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section. “This was a federal law enforcement agent that was involved in a multi agency task force who decided to steal bitcoins that he later converted to cash, from the target of the investigation and later blamed on a cooperating witness.”
Bridges, who worse a black suit and tie, showed no emotion during the proceeding.
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