How do you call yourself a federal agent and you stealing from the people you accuse of being the criminals? That’s exactly what happened when a couple of investigators in the Silk Road case, stole a bunch of bitcoins from the website.
Carl Mark Force IV, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, who previously worked for the Secret Service, were both arrested for allegedly stealing Bitcoins, digital currency used in transactions on the Silk Road website.
Both men investigated the black market online drug website as members of a Balitmore task force.
Force, 46, faces additional charges of theft of government property and conflict of interest according to a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco.
The complaint says Force obtained the Bitcoins while working undercover, but rather than turn them over to the government, he “deposited them into his own personal accounts.”
Force worked for the DEA for 15 years when he resigned in May after learning he was the subject of an investigation. Bridges, a six-year veteran of the Secret Service, resigned March 18 when he also learned of the investigation.
Force was arrested Friday in Baltimore and Bridges, 32, surrendered to authorities. Both were scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, was convicted in February of drug trafficking, money laundering and a number of other crimes related to the website.
Silk Road brought together buyers and sellers of drugs, with anonymous transactions paid in bitcoin. It also brought out the crook in a few investigators.