US makes Bitcoin exchange arrests


bbc.co.uk
January 27, 2014

The operators of two exchanges for the virtual currency Bitcoin have been arrested in the US.

The Department of Justice said Robert Faiella – known as “BTCKing” – and Charlie Shrem from BitInstant have both been charged with money laundering.

The authorities said the pair were engaged in a scheme to sell more than $1m (£603,000) in bitcoins to users of online drug marketplace the Silk Road.

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