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Mark Karpelès, former head of Mt. Gox, gets suspended sentence

Last Friday, a two and a half year sentence of imprisonment was given by a Tokyo court to Mark Karpelès, the former head of the bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which was one of the earliest and most prosperous cryptocurrency platforms that helped popularize bitcoin in its early days. However, in February 2014, the exchange suspended trading operations, shut down its ... Read More »

Liverpool Man Handed Shorter Sentence after Purchasing Chinese Synthetic Drugs on Dark Web

A Liverpool man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute illegal drugs and money laundering has managed to escape a lengthy prison sentence. Khalid Azzam was given a four year prison sentence due to the First Step Act introduced by President Donald Trump recently. Azzam was arrested for purchasing fentanyl and other synthetic drugs from a vendor in China through ... Read More »

Swiss Darknet Drug Dealer Handed a Conditional Prison Sentence

A 52-year-old man accused of using the darknet to sell cannabis and to view child pornographic material was handed a conditional prison sentence by the District Court of Brugg. The 52-year-old, whose name was withheld, reportedly engaged in darknet drug dealing from August 2016 to July 2017 when he was arrested. He received payments in bitcoin and delivered the drugs ... Read More »

Waverly men to serve a prison sentence for selling pills laced with narcotics

Evan P. Sage, 20, and Cameron J. Lensmeyer, 20, have been sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession and distribution of drugs and possession of a firearm. Lensmeyer earlier pleaded guilty in May to possession of carfentanil and marijuana with intent to distribute. The authorities, therefore, sentenced him to seven years in prison. Sage also pleaded guilty to possession of ... Read More »

Dark Web Drug Dealer, Who’s Drugs Caused the Death of a Star, Has His Sentence Reviewed

The drug dealer, who ultimately caused the death of a reality star after he supplied her with illegal drugs before she fell from a window, will have his fully suspended sentence reviewed following public outrage. The 27-year-old reality star, Aimee Spencer, who participated in the Newcastle reality show, fell from a first-floor window on July 11, 2016, at Chichester Terrace, ... Read More »

Hacker gets a 14-year prison sentence for creating Scan4You

A 37-year-old man has been given a 14-year prison sentence for developing and running a scam service called Scan4You, which aids in malware attacks and other cybercrimes. The culprit, Ruslan Bondars, a Latvian citizen, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in ... Read More »

Prosecutor Decides Not to Appeal a Drug Dealer’s “Unduly Lenient” Sentence

In late September, an ecstasy dealer in Jersey narrowly avoided incarceration at a sentencing hearing and was instead sentenced to community service. The Attorney General, after hearing that the dealer’s sentence included no time in prison, announced that the prosecution planned to appeal the sentence, claiming that it was “unduly lenient.” In October, the Attorney General has reversed his decision, ... Read More »

Ex-Cop Loses Appeal Against Prison Sentence for a Failed Darkweb Gun Deal

In early October, judges at the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland rejected an appeal from a former police officer who was caught attempting to purchase a firearm from a darkweb vendor and possessing several illegal substances. The police officer, in late 2016, pleaded guilty to a number of crimes connected to the attempted firearm transaction and minor drug distribution. ... Read More »