Accused of Robbery in the Darknet Market Could be Sentenced to Face Prison Time
This week the accused thieves from the infamous Sheep Marketplace have been indicted by prosecutors from the Czech Republic. The top suspect Thomas Jiřikovský may face up to 18 years for firearms charges, theft, and drug trafficking. The crime was carried out in The Sheep Marketplace a popular Darknet market very similar to the Silk Road.
Thomas Jiřikovský was arrested in 2015 in the Czech Republic, accused of stealing millions of dollars in bitcoin from the darknet market, Sheep Marketplace, which was located on the deep web in 2013. This market became notorious for shutting down after a few months of operations due to a so-called vendor who stole $6 million worth of bitcoins. Sheep Marketplace, which were stolen on November 21, 2013 and accused the seller using the pseudonym EBOOK101. In addition, they indicated that the seller has found faults in the system and use them to steal the previously announced amount.
Jiřikovský, will be sentenced in the not too distant future and could face from 10 to 18 years in prison to be found guilty. This information was announced by Hynek Olma, a spokesman for the Czech prosecutor’s office.“We filed the indictment for crimes of unauthorized production and the handling of narcotic and psychotropic substances, theft and illegal possession of firearms. The woman was charged with the crime of legalization of proceeds from crime,” Face a sentence that from 3 to 8 years in prison for being an accomplice of Jiřikovský.
United States courts also arrested two individuals connected with Jiřikovský and his wife in May 2016. Nathan Gibson and Sean Mackert tried to convert the funds through Coinbase and were captured by government agencies in the state of Florida. Coinbase at the time received a subpoena and revealed that Gibson had deposited more than 842 Bitcoin with the company. Czech police caught Jiřikovský in the purchase of a house near Hodonín, Czech Republic with his share of the funds. The prosecutor’s office detailed that the house was confiscated along with the suspect’s Bitcoin cache and computers. Jiřikovský and his wife also put a large sum of money into the couple’s grandfather’s home, but the police were already tracking the money. According to researchers Jiřikovský and Eva used Bitstamp to convert their Bitcoin into crowns.
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