The US justice confirms the accusation of Bitcoin (BTC) linked to Silk Road:
The United States Court of Appeals has finalized a mandate formalizing the seizure of 69,370 bitcoins linked to Silk Road.
The initial decision dates back to August but is now taking effect according to a filing with the United States District Court of Appeals.
Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, is currently serving a life sentence in prison.
The end of the Silk Road case?
The United States Court of Appeals recently finalized a warrant that officially confirms the seizure of 69,370 bitcoins, as well as other cryptocurrencies, associated with the now-defunct online black market, Silk Road.
In 2020, the United States Department of Justice initiated legal proceedings to officially confiscate the cryptocurrencies associated with Silk Road. At that time, the total value of these digital assets was estimated to be over one billion dollars.
The US government had already taken control of these cryptocurrencies. This acquisition occurred after an individual, nicknamed “Individual X,” voluntarily turned over these assets to the government after successfully hacking into the Silk Road website, a site on the dark web, and taking control of its cryptocurrency funds.
The consequences of this billion-dollar case
Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, is currently serving a life sentence. He has also agreed to use 3 billion dollars in stolen bitcoins to repay a debt to the US government in 2022, thereby relinquishing 69,470 bitcoins.
Silk Road, which operated from 2011 to 2013, was known for the sale of drugs and weapons. It was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Ulbricht’s arrest in late 2013. This case underscores the complex intersection of crime, blockchain technology, and government regulation.