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Bitcoin – real, virtual or illegal currency?

The news about the indictment of Charlie Shrem, the former vice president of Bitcoin Foundation, and Robert Faiella in the US because of their potential involvement in the laundering of more than $ 1 million bitcoin on the...more

Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...more

Bitcoin - Calls for Regulation - Part Eight

“Virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, continued to attract a lot of attention. The sudden shutdowns of Mt. Gox (Japan), a large bitcoin exchange, and Flexcoin (Canada), a bitcoin bank, led to renewed and...more

Cybercrime Loses Its Right to Silence

In 2012, the director gen¬eral of MI5 revealed that a London-listed company had lost £800 million as a result of a state-backed cyber at¬tack. The company in question has not been publicly identified and no disclosures were...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2014

This month on the anticorruption front, a New York court orders two former Siemens executives to pay record civil penalties in a bribery case involving the company’s Argentina business; Canada prosecutes former executives...more

Bitcoin - Turbulent Waters - Part Seven

“Virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, continued to attract a lot of attention. The sudden demise of Mt. Gox (Japan), one of the largest bitcoin exchanges, adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual...more

Gone Baby Gone — Recovery of Stolen Bitcoins in Mt. Gox Bankruptcy

Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan alleging that nearly all of the exchanges’ 850,000 bitcoins worth half-a-billon dollars had been looted by hackers. Customers were left asking whether any of their bitcoins are...more

Bitcoin Does Not Need a Ban, It Needs Enlightened Regulation

If an outright ban of Bitcoin is not the correct approach, what is? More to the point, what does Bitcoin (and virtual currency in general) need to for legitimacy?...more

DOJ Files Criminal Charges Against Former Bitcoin Exchange Head

On January 27, 2014, the Department of Justice publicly announced it had filed criminal charges against Charles Shrem for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure...more

Russia Cracks Down On Bitcoin

Both the Central Bank of Russia and the Russian Prosecutor General's Office explained that the rouble is the country's sole official currency and that the production of alternative monetary products, such as Bitcoin and other...more

Bitcoins and Liability in the Wake of Recent Silk Road Arrests

Last week’s arrests of Robert Faiella, an alleged seller on online marketplace Silk Road, and Charlie Shrem, the CEO of the startup BitInstant, marked a recent round in a series of law enforcement actions against what the...more

Charlie Shrem And Why We Need To Change Our Perspective Of Bitcoin

On Monday, January 27, 2013, Charlie Shrem, the 24 year old CEO of BitInstant and Vice Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was arrested for his role operating a Bitcoin exchange service popular among users of Silk Road....more

Federal Prosecutors Unseal Charges Against Bitcoin Exchange Company

On January 27, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the unsealing of criminal charges against an underground Bitcoin exchanger and the CEO of a Bitcoin exchange company registered as a money...more

US: FinCEN further clarifies application of money transmission rules to virtual currency

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (a branch of the US Treasury) has published two administrative rulings, providing additional information on whether a person’s conduct related to convertible virtual currency brings...more

28 Million Dollars in Bitcoins Deemed Forfeited to the U.S. Government

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced the forfeiture of approximately 29,655 Bitcoins in connection with the seizure of the Silk Road website....more

More fallout from Silk Road

Another set of Bitcoin-related arrests for failing to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act. Interestingly, investors in one of the companies include the Winkelvoss twins. Anyone who is involved in Bitcoin or other virtual...more

Bitcoin CEO Indicted for Silk Road Laundering

Bitcoin CEO indicted! The U.S. Attorney for New York has issued a criminal indictment of two top officials of Bitcoin Exchange Company who are alleged to have participated in a scheme to launder bitcoins used in Silk Road...more

Does Bitcoin Violate the Stamp Payments Act?

Based on some recent articles, a number of people have asked whether Bitcoin might be declared illegal under an archaic law known as the "Stamp Payments Act." According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, the...more

The Flip Of A Coin: Alternative Currencies

Deep Web, Bitcoin, Silk Road…together, what might these words mean? Bitcoin is an open-source alternative currency that can often be used without revealing your identity....more

Government Brings Important Case Against Illegal Marketplace “Silk Road;” Government Acknowledges Lawful Uses Of Bitcoin

The virtual currency industry is in the news once again following the October 1, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s shutdown of the “Silk Road” website. As part of the shutdown of the well-known underworld bazaar, the...more

United States of America v. Ross William Ulbricht

Federal indictment against Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht for narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, and money laundering

Full text copy of the federal indictment filed September 27, 2013 against Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht – aka Dread Pirate Roberts, DPR, and Silk Road – for narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, and money laundering (the...more

The DOJ Ratchets Up Its Crackdown On Swiss Bank Accounts

In my last post, I discussed the possibility that Bitcoins and other virtual currencies could replace Swiss bank accounts as the tax havens of the future. Recent developments in the government’s war on offshore accounts...more

AML Enforcement And Virtual Currencies

It is difficult for regulators and law enforcement to keep up with creative new ways in which criminals choose to store and trade money. This is especially true in the Internet-age where anonymity and ease of communications...more

Senate Committee Expands Review Of Virtual Currency Policies

On August 12, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), the leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano regarding...more

State, Federal Authorities Increase Scrutiny Of Virtual Currencies, Emerging Payment Providers

On August 12, New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky issued a notice of inquiry about the “appropriate regulatory guidelines that [the NY DFS] should put in place for virtual...more

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