Rogue Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges, a former member of the team that eventually managed to shut down the black market website Silk Road has been arrested at his home in Laurel, Maryland.

The arrest came on the day before he was supposed to be handing himself in to the police to start his prison sentence.

Though Bridges helped expose the criminal activities being orchestrated by the website and identified the organisers, he became seduced by the powers invested in him. Eventually he was prosecuted on charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice after it was discovered that he had diverted $800,000 worth of bitcoins from Silk Road into his own account.

During his arrest, according to court documents seen by The Guardian, officers found bags containing Bridges’ passport and a notarised copy of his passport. They also found corporate records for three offshore entities in Nevis, Belize and Mauritius.

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