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Sheep Marketplace Owner Gets Nine Years in Prison

 

A court in the Czech Republic sentenced Tomáš Jiříkovský, the creator of the Sheep darknet marketplace, to serve nine years in prison for stealing bitcoins from the market’s users. According to the court, Jiříkovský stole bitcoin worth roughly 16 million crowns—the equivalent of $731,600 US dollars. The sentence also applies to his role as the owner of Sheep Marketplace and for illegal weapons found in his possession during his arrest.

According to court spokeswoman Eva Sigmund, the judgement is not yet final and Jiříkovský still has time to appeal the sentence. During an interview after the market owner exit scammed, Jiříkovský denied any role in Sheep Marketplace administration. At most, he claimed, the market’s staff had hired him for software development.

Two Florida men hacked the marketplace in late 2013. They stole 5,400 bitcoins from the market, prompting the market’s owner to run one of the first major exit scams. “We are sorry to say, but we were robbed on Saturday 11/21/2013 by vendor EBOOK101. This vendor found [a] bug in system and stole 5,400 BTC – your money,” the admin wrote. The two Floridians made off with far more money than Jiříkovský managed to steal. But if the narrative given to the public was accurate, Jiříkovský initiated his exit scam after the hackers had already stolen a large percentage of the market’s holdings.

Former public prosecutor Marek Vagai explained that the two men from Florida had stolen $4,575,115 in bitcoin. Jiříkovsky made off with the remaining bitcoin—a relatively miniscule portion of the funds. Less than one million dollars. $731,600.

The internet identified Jiříkovský and his significant other, Eva Bartošová, in a surprisingly sorry amount of time. Little came of the dox. Initially, at least. Law enforcement later noticed suspicious financial activity coming from accounts belonging to Jiříkovský and Bartošová. Police arrested the duo in March 2015. Jiříkovský had illegal weapons in his possession that contributed to the nine year sentence. The court dropped Bartošová’s case, according to local media sources.

A so-called “cyber security expert” named Vlastimil Klima exams the data taken from the 25-year-old suspect’s phone and computer. He reported that the devices point towards Jiříkovský as the marketplace owner and the bitcoin scammer behind the exit scam. Kilma said that on the phone, he discovered a file that contained marketplace settings. He also found a database that contained information on transactions and other sensitive information.

The number of stolen bitcoins was lower than the initially reported number. However, between the thefts and exchanges, the couple’s $700k may have been the entirety of the remaining stolen bitcoin. Market owners frequently collect a commission on marketplace sales and Jiříkovský made money via the commission avenue—in addition to the scam that he still adamantly denies having any role in.

As appeals will likely be filed, the sentence may later change, but after several years of waiting, some vendors (and buyers) finally saw their wishes come to life.

6 comments

  1. Stole 16,000 from me. Oh, he want my stuff, ok well guess what, he will get more of my STUFF when he gets to prison
    Just Like OxyMonster in Florida.
    “If” your going to be an asshole thief, you better not get caught by the authorities because when your victims find out who you are, your going to have more trouble than you bargained for

  2. I lost a little when this website exit scammed… I hope he gets absolutely obliterated in prison for being a dog. Karma is real.

  3. i find that all the neeky geeky guys are up on this DARK NET at a high level, like these geeks are the man who are making so much money living the life but they not really about that life because they all get ARRESTED, such idiots all the man who are not ROAD MAN how they get raided with all evidence and illegal stock like drugs and guns etc how are these guys so smartly stupid they are not real criminals these neeky guys rely on VPNS ETC THINKING ITS A GET AWAY CARD THEN THERE DOOR LICK OFF HAHAHA FOOLS

    YOU CAN NEVER BEAT THE POLICE YOU CAN ONLY KEEP IT MOVING MAKE IT AWKWARD BREAK THE EVIDENCE DOWN LIKE NO FOOD NO CASE NO FACE NO CASE

  4. His YouTube channel is like scheme something and after the whole shut down you find him test driving the most rediculous exotic cars over seas

  5. I’d bust a fat but on them titties

  6. gldjskglsgjlsgjslgjslglsgs

    what a amateur, use facbook and using illegal forum loser

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