U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty today before the U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California to obstruction and money laundering that occurred during the Silk Road case. He will be sentenced on December 7, 2015.
“Mr. Bridges has now admitted that he brazenly stole $820,000 worth of digital currency while working as a U.S. Secret Service special agent, a move that completely violated the public’s trust,” said U.S. Attorney Haag in a release. “We depend on those in federal law enforcement having the highest integrity and unshakeable honor, and Mr. Bridges has demonstrated that he utterly lacks those qualities. We appreciate the hard work of our federal partners that went into bringing Mr. Bridges to justice.”
Bridges conducted forensic computer investigations during the effort to identify the owner of the original Silk Road underground marketplace, allegedly a programmer named Ross Ulbricht.
In January 2013 Bridges use the service to move approximately 20,000 bitcoin or $350,000 to his own accounts.
From the release:
Another special agent, Carl M. Force, also plead guilty to theft of $700,000 in digital currency. He will be sentenced in October.