Colorado Bitcoin Trader Arrested, Could Face 5 Years in Prison
Bitcoin trader Burton Wagner has been arrested and may face 5 years in prison for his money transmitting activities dating back to 2012.
The US Federal Prosecution accuses Wagner of operating without a money transmitting license in a state where such operation is punishable as a misdemeanor or felony. The Feds further allege that Wagner participated in the Pirate Pass-Through scam operated by the now-infamous Bitcoin Savings & Trust.
As they say in an indictment submitted to the Federal District Court of Colorado, Wagner was ‘in the transport and transmission of funds that were known to the defendant to have been derived from a criminal offense and were intended to be used to promote and support unlawful activity.’
The extent of Wagner involvement in the Bitcoin Savings & Trust Ponzi scheme has yet to be ascertained, while Silicon Angle reports that there is ‘ample evidence’ that he was ‘pushing’ the scheme in a senior investment capacity.
This post was published at Coin Telegraph on 2015-01-27.