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Ross Ulbricht's lawyer criticizes plea deal for US investigator

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht's attorney isn't happy
By: Michael Hatamoto | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Jun 20, 2015 1:35 am

Was the federal Silk Road investigation corrupt? Ex-Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges will plead guilty to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice, and Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht's attorney is arguing that the plea deal "removes any question about the corruption that pervaded the investigation of Silk Road."




"As a result, it undermines completely the integrity of the government's entire investigation," said Joshua Dratel, Ulbricht's attorney, in a statement. Bridges will likely face sentencing on Aug. 31.


Bridges and former DEA agent Carl Force stole bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road - Bridges took more than $800,000 in bitcoins and diverted the funds into his own private accounts.


However, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara's office said that the crooked DEA agents didn't play a role in the outcome of the investigation - and Ulbricht was sentenced to multiple lengthy prison sentences.


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