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DOJ Assistant AG Caldwell Delivers Remarks at the ABA’s National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies

Today, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell delivered remarks at the ABA’s National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies. Speaking on the DOJ Criminal Division’s approach to the developing landscape of...more

DOJ Criminal Chief Warns Financial Institutions about Bitcoin

On June 26, 2015 at the ABA National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell sent a targeted warning to financial institutions that deal with Bitcoin and other virtual...more

Silk Road Operator Sentenced to Life in Prison

On May 29, US District Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ross Ulbricht – operator of the online dark market known as Silk Road – to life in prison without the possibility of parole. As previously reported, Ulbricht was found...more

FinCrimes Update - May 2015 Supplement

FEDERAL RESERVE ORDERS TWO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO IMPROVE BSA/AML COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS - On June 1, a Boston-based international financial services holding company and its banking subsidiary agreed to improve...more

Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Receives Life Sentence

On May 29, 2015, after a lengthy criminal investigation and multi-week trial, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road—one of the most famous enterprises to utilize Bitcoin currency—was sentenced to life in prison in a...more

DOJ Charges Former Federal Agents with Bitcoin Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

On March 30, the DOJ filed a criminal complaint against two former federal agents on charges of wire fraud and money laundering of digital currency stolen during the investigation of Silk Road. According to the DOJ, both...more

U.S. Marshals Announce Latest Bitcoin Auction Results

On March 5, the U.S. Marshals Service auctioned 50,000 bitcoins seized in relation to the case involving the black market website Silk Road. Three individuals – out of the 14 registered bidders – were the winning bidders....more

FinCrimes Update - February 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 2

NEW YORK BANK REGULATORY CONSIDERING CYBERSECURITY REGULATIONS, RANDOM AUDITS OF BANKS - On February 25, New York DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky delivered remarks at Columbia Law School focusing on how state bank...more

U.S. Marshals to Auction 50,000 Bitcoins Seized During Investigation of Silk Road Operator

On February 18, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it will auction 50,000 bitcoins seized from wallet files found on computer hardware belonging to Ross Ulbricht, who was recently convicted in connection with his...more

Silk Road Operator Found Guilty

On February 4, a federal jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all seven federal charges brought against him in connection with his role in operating the Silk Road website, including narcotics and money laundering charges....more

Not So Silky Road

The founder of Silk Road, the black market website where illegal goods were bought with bitcoin, was found guilty on all 7 counts, including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking. While this is an...more

Bit Bites: Latest Legal Developments in Digital Currencies

When Is Bitcoin “Money” Versus a “Security”? In motions involving a high-profile criminal prosecution with ties to Silk Road and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action, two federal courts have clarified...more

Judge Rakoff Rules that Bitcoin Is Money in New York Federal Court

On August 19, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in the case of Robert Faiella, holding that bitcoins are “money,” citing the plain meaning of the term in The...more

Bitcoins and SAR Narratives

You probably know about Bitcoin, unless you have been living in total seclusion for the last few years. The big controversy usually centers on determining if it is legal tender. But imagine if you are confronted with a...more

Silk Road’s Ulbrecht Fails in Dismissal Bid, Court Strengthens Federal Bitcoin Enforcement

In another installment of the continuing saga surrounding the shuttering of the Silk Road online marketplace and arrest of its alleged creator and operator, Ross William Ulbricht (Ulbricht), a Southern District of New York...more

U.S. Government Begins First Ever Bitcoin Auction

As reported in our earlier post, the U.S. Government has begun its first ever auction of Bitcoins. The Bitcoins to be auctioned were seized in connection with the shutdown of the Silk Road - the "dark net" site that served as...more

US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals Service (USMS) announced that it will hold an online auction on June 27 to sell bitcoins contained in wallet files seized from the servers of Silk Road, the “deep web” black market shut down by the Federal...more

A Conversation with Ben Simpfendorfer on Asia Restructurings [Video]

Latham & Watkins co-hosted a senior level industry summit with ASIFMA in Hong Kong entitled "Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Restructurings." Ben Simpendorfer, Managing Director of Silk Road Assoicates, shares insights from...more

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

Will Legal Reform Kill the Bitcoin?

For two decades, during the 1620s and 1630s, Europe fell into the grip of “tulip mania.” At its peak in 1637, tulip bulbs were sold for more than 10 times the average worker’s annual income—enough to buy a house. Within...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

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

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

Virtual Currency Year-In-Review: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin and other decentralized, math-based virtual currencies emerged in 2013 as nascent challenges to traditional payment systems, drawing widespread public attention, venture capital investment, and regulatory scrutiny....more

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