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Details emerge on Charlie Shrem’s plea deal

Posted on 6th September, 2014

Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem appeared in a New York courtroom on Thursday to formally enter a plea of guilty on charges that he aided and abetted an unlicensed money-transmitting business, processing over $1 million in bitcoin payments for Silk Road vendor Robert “BTCKing” Faiella. The appearance was part of a plea deal with federal […]

Charlie Shrem reaches plea deal in bitcoin money-laundering case

Posted on 30th August, 2014

Charlie Shrem may soon be a free man. Reuters reports that the former BitInstant CEO has reached a plea arrangement with federal prosecutors over his role in converting bitcoin to cash from deals on the now-shuttered black market website Silk Road. Shrem had been charged with a variety of felonies, including conspiracy to launder money, […]

Judge says bitcoin “clearly qualifies as money” in case against accused money launderer Robert Faiella

Posted on 20th August, 2014

In January, Federal prosecutors charged Robert Faiella and Charlie Shrem with a scheme to launder more than $1 million in drug money through now-shuttered online black marketplace Silk Road. A significant portion of case hinges on the idea that Faiella and Shrem were operating an unlicensed money-transmitting business, even though that transmission largely took place […]

Payza brings bitcoin-buying option to 190 countries

Posted on 12th August, 2014

Online merchant service and payment processor Payza announced yesterday that will be bringing a new “withdraw funds by bitcoin” option to users in 190 countries. The system effectively makes Payza into a bitcoin brokerage, much like Coinbase, allowing users to instantly buy bitcoin. Although the price is locked at time of payment, purchases are subject […]

Charlie Shrem formally indicted on money laundering charges

Posted on 15th April, 2014

Earlier this month it was reported that BitInstant co-founder was in plea deal talks with Federal authorities following his arrest in connection the now-shuttered Silk Road marketplace. Those talks appear to have broken down, and Shrem, 24, has been formally charged with multiple money laundering crimes. Shrem’s arraignment is scheduled for April 29. If convicted, […]

Report: Charlie Shrem cutting plea deal in Silk Road case

Posted on 1st April, 2014

Bloomberg reports that former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem is in the process of working out a plea deal with prosecutors for his alleged role in the Silk Road drug network. Shrem was arrested in January for conspiring to launder more than $1 million dollars in drug-related funds through his company. Assistant U.S. Attorney Serrin Turner […]