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Crypto News From Japan: Nov. 11–17 in Review

Local News In this week’s selected cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news from Japan, a new association promoting crypto assets in antiquing was born, a well-known cryptocurrency trader was arrested and the Kyoto University started participating in the XRP ledger. Here is the past week of cryp..

US Court Orders Dark Web Drug Dealer to Forfeit $150K in Bitcoin

News A United States court has ordered Christopher Bania, who recently pleaded guilty to drug distribution, to give up almost 17 Bitcoin (BTC) — worth roughly $150,000 at press time. The plea, order and sentencingPer the Oct. 19 order from a court in Wisconsin, Bania will need to forfeit “Approxim..

Former US Army Interpreter Gets 30 Years for Dark Web Fentanyl Trade

News A former interpreter for the United States military forces was sentenced to 30 years in jail for dealing fentanyl, which led to the death of a U.S. Marine. Drugs paid for with cryptocurrenciesAccording to a Reuters report from Oct. 3, a former Iraqi U.S interpreter was sentenced to 30 years i..

Crypto, Cash and Drugs: Crypto Use Grows as Drug Trade Digitalizes

Analysis From speculation about its inherent value to theories about it being the payment method of choice for criminals, cryptocurrency is having a tough time keeping a clean name. One of the most common accusations is that cryptocurrencies perpetuate the sale of illicit drugs, a view recently ex..

UN Official: Cryptocurrency Makes Criminals Harder to Catch

News Neil Wals, chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Cybercrime Program, warned that cryptocurrencies have made combating money laundering significantly harder. Australian news outlet ABC reported on Aug. 29 that Wals said cryptocurrencies make fighting cybercrime, money la..

US Government Vague On Bitcoin Role In Fentanyl Drug ‘Epidemic’

The US government has singled out cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin as a funding mechanism for the ongoing trend for smuggling the drug fentanyl.FinCEN Advisory Mentions Cryptocurrencies In an advisory issued on August 21, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) highlighted the use of ..

Cryptocurrencies Used to Buy Illicit Drugs, Says White House

News On Aug. 21, the White House issued two advisories regarding illicit drug purchases in the United States that contain references to the specific cryptocurrencies allegedly used as a part of this process. The advisories were addressed to various financial institutions as well as digital payment..

US Treasury Sanctions Bitcoin, Litecoin Addresses Under Kingpin Act

News The United States Department of the Treasury has added multiple cryptocurrency addresses to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, or the Kingpin Act. These addresses, and the individuals associated with them, have been deemed to be ..

Dark Market Drug Dealers Plead Guilty, Forfeit Crypto Proceeds

News A couple operating out of Merced, California have pleaded guilty to selling drugs on the dark web in exchange for cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). The United States Department of Justice announced the charges in a press release on Aug. 6. According to the anno..

Le Roux Biographer: Cartel Boss Is the Most Credible Satoshi Yet

Paul Le Roux is a criminal kingpin turned criminal informant whose misdeeds have filled a book. The author of that tome is investigative journalist Evan Ratliff, whose rip-roaring tale has recently received a postscript: Le Roux may also be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. This week on the Humans o..

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