The Prosecutor’s Office of the Southern District of New York has filed accusations against Hugh Brian Hani of money laundering from the sale of drugs on the darknet-marketplace Silk Road.
US Department of Homeland Security officials believe that Hani could be the administrator of a major supplier of illegal drugs Pharmville. So, law enforcement officers used methods of analyzing public blockchains and found Hanco’s Bitcoins for $ 19 million.
It turned out that Hani sent these funds to a certain bitcoin exchange and tried to convince the service that he personally namaynil them. He was able to exchange them for fiat funds, but immediately after that, the ministry staff seized the money. Now Hani, who is already 60 years old, faces up to thirty years in prison
Earlier, during the international operation, the darknet-marketplays of Wall Street Market and Silkkitie (or Valhalla) were closed. Earlier, the largest online market for illegal goods, Dream Market, had ceased operations.
Some time later, the FBI closed the Deep Dot Web news site about the darknet and soon its administrators were charged with money laundering.
Last year, the US government seized almost $ 9 million in cryptocurrency, as well as luxury cars and real estate for a total of more than $ 12 million, which belonged to AlphaBay, the darknet market owner AlphaBay, who committed suicide.
Also about 2 thousand bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies worth $ 22 million were withdrawn from the sellers on the marketplace Silk Road 2, AlphaBay and Hansa. Then the prosecutor’s office opened more than 90 criminal cases.