A former Secret Service special agent yesterday pleaded guilty to diverting $800,000 worth of bitcoins into his own account during an investigation into online black market site Silk Road.

Appearing in a San Francisco federal court, Shaun Bridges also admitted money laundering and obstruction of justice charges.

Computer forensics expert Bridges belonged to the Baltimore Silk Road task force, a group formed to track down Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind the online drug bazaar.

As part of that operation, the site’s administrator – Curtis Green – was arrested in January 2013.

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