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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road 232

Posted by Soulskill
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ClownP writes with news that the U.S. Marshals Service is selling off 29,656.51306529 Bitcoins that were seized when the Silk Road website was shut down. At current exchange rates, they're worth around $17-18 million. The coins will be auctioned off in nine blocks of 3,000 coins, plus one block with the remainder. The USMS said that the first deadline for bidders will be 9am Eastern Time on June 16, 2014. All bidders must complete the government's Bidder Registration Form, which requires that you provide a copy of a government-issued ID as well as a $200,000 deposit sent by wire transfer from an American bank. The government added that the highest bidder will win, and he or she cannot finance its payment in installments — the winner must pay the full amount in cash. The USMS added one final stipulation. "The USMS will not sell to any person who is acting on behalf of or in concert with the Silk Road and/or Ross William Ulbricht, and bidders will be required to so certify," the USMS stated.
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

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  • Laundering (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Talderas (1212466) on Friday June 13, 2014 @09:08AM (#47229087)

    They're laundering the coins. The high bidders will end up being shell companies for TLAs.

  • Re:Due Process (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jandrese (485) <kensama@vt.edu> on Friday June 13, 2014 @09:47AM (#47229381) Homepage Journal
    Civil Asset Forfeiture doesn't require that you're found guilty. The government gets to take your stuff and sell it just to make sure you don't have money to defend yourself with.
  • Re:Due Process (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Virtucon (127420) on Friday June 13, 2014 @10:01AM (#47229493)

    Well that's the seizure portion of it and the recent Supreme Court ruling, one of the worst in history, [washingtonpost.com] doesn't say anything about the sale of those assets. That decision is so horrible because a lot of prosecutor's budgets are funded by seized assets creating a conflict of interest and violating the 5th and 6th amendments. We've seriously gone to far on the war on drugs and the police state mentality [distractify.com] in this country and it has to stop. If this guy is convicted then the assets obtained illegally should be forfeit, agreed but wait until the fucking trial is at least concluded and guilt or innocence is determined. Defendants also must have the right, as written in the 6th amendment to choose their own counsel and that requires funds to provide an adequate defense. If the assets are seized, then you have no right to chose your counsel creating a no win situation. That's a secondary consideration but as a citizen I'm very concerned that something like this could happen to me or my family and while I'm fighting in court the government is just selling everything off that we've worked our entire lives to acquire and protect. Right now the government has built a case but it's only been seen by a grand jury in the Ulricht case, that doesn't mean a conviction and selling the assets is a violation of his 5th amendment rights.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13, 2014 @04:17PM (#47232589)

    One of the things things the helped in the Nevada ranch stand off is that no dealers would buy the cows because no rancher would ever sell them a cow again. If a few major exchanges say that anything tracing back to the Gov wallet can not be accepted, then what the Gov seizes will loose its value.

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