Tal Prikhar, administrator of the darknet news site DeepDotWeb, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money using cryptocurrency. This is reported by the US Department of Justice.
According to the ministry, Prikhar posted ads on the website for various marketplaces from the shadow segment of the Internet. He received payment for services in bitcoins and from 2013 to 2019 earned about 8,155 BTC (more than $ 8.4 million at the time of transactions).
The accused laundered the proceeds through a series of crypto wallets and shell companies, the Ministry of Justice added.
In 2019, Prihar was arrested, at the same time the DeepDotWeb domain was seized.
The trial is scheduled for August 2, and Prihar faces up to 20 years in prison. The defendant also agreed to return $ 8.4 million – the equivalent of the funds received for advertising.
The Ministry of Justice did not disclose how much of the 8155 BTC remained in Prihar’s possession. At the moment, the total value of the coins exceeds $ 480 million.
Earlier ForkLog reported that sellers of the darknet marketplace Hydra have come up with a “treasure system” for anonymous Bitcoin withdrawal.
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