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Silk Road Rogues: Federal Agents Arrested For Theft, Extortion, Fraud – 31 March 2015

RT logoTwo federal investigators working on the black-market website Silk Road went ‘breaking bad’ along the way, claims a DOJ document, charging them with a variety of crimes including Bitcoin theft and extortion.

The Department of Justice indictment charges 46-year-old former Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent Carl Mark Force IV, and 32-year-old former Secret Service agent Shaun W. Bridges, with wire fraud and money laundering. Force was also charged with theft of government property and conflict of interest. The federal criminal complaint was issued on March 25 in the Northern District of California, but was sealed until Monday.

Read More: Jury finds Ross Ulbricht guilty on all counts over Silk Road website

Force and Bridges were part of the Baltimore-based federal task force charged with investigating Silk Road, the underground marketplace for illicit goods and services shut down by the FBI in 2013. The website’s creator, Ross Ulbricht, denied federal accusations that he operated the site under the name “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

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Six Philly Cops Indicted For Kidnapping, Extortion, Robbery – 31 July 2014

RT logoSix Philadelphia police officers have been arrested on charges – including conspiracy, robbery, extortion, kidnapping, and drug dealing – for a six-year racketeering scheme during which the group netted $500,000 in drugs, cash, and personal property.

The indictment of the officers, formerly part of the city’s narcotics field unit, comes after a two-year joint investigation by the FBI, federal prosecutors, and the Philadelphia Police internal affairs unit, said US Attorney Zane David Memeger.

“I have been a police officer for more than 40 years, and this is one of the worst cases of corruption that I have ever heard,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters on Wednesday.

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