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U.S. Charges Bitcoin Exchangers Linked to Silk Road Drug Bazaar

January 28, 2014  | 

Federal prosecutors unsealed criminal charges on Monday against a pair of individuals who they say sold Bitcoins that were later used to buy and sell drugs on Silk Road, signaling a desire by law enforcement to target those who use crypto currencies to facilitate shady activities, reports

The complaint marks the latest fallout from Silk Road, the online drug bazaar that U.S. authorities shut down last year and later seized millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin from. It also highlights a concerted effort to crack down on those who use Bitcoin to enable illicit activities.

"When Bitcoins, like any traditional currency, are laundered and used to fuel criminal activity, law enforcement has no choice but to act," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "We will aggressively pursue those who would coopt new forms of currency for illicit purposes."

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Serpico @ 2/1/2014 6:03 PM

But the devaluing of the US Dollar THOUGH the Federal Reserve continues, though QE1, QE2 etc. Any currency that isn't Gold backed, or backed by Land etc. is crap! This includes Bitcoin. Bitcoin is worthless. Can it be used for illegal reasons? Yes. But that doesn't make it an evil tool. But the Gov. supports Illegal immigration / Drug trafficking and the human slave trade. The people doing most of the "illicit activities" are the Ruling Elites in business suits who commit crimes that kill Nations States. Like O and Holders friend George Soros!

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