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Bitcoin promoter Shrem indicted in NY for money laundering

15
Apr
2014

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prominent bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has been indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on charges of funneling cash to the illicit online marketplace Silk Road. Shrem, known as one of the digital currencys most visible promoters, is accused of conspiring with a Florida man, Robert Faiella, to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to the users of Silk Road despite knowing that it would be spent on illegal uses like drug trafficking. Both Shrem and Faiella face charges of money laundering, conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities, according to the indictment filed by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Shrems lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, and Faiellas lawyer, David Braun, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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