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Bitcoin Trader ‘Bitcoin Maven” Sentenced to Federal Prison

United States District Judge Manuel L. Real of the Central District of California sentenced the so-called “Bitcoin Maven” to one year in prison for illegally laundering bitcoin. In order to enforce a prison stay, Judge Real sentenced convicted the money launderer to 12 months and a single day, forcing prison time instead of jail time. Theresa Lynn Tetley, 50, worked ... Read More »

Life Changing ‘Near Death Experience’ Saved a Drug Buyer from Prison

Judge Robert Pawson, at a sentencing hearing in Swindon Crown Court, sentenced a heavy user of ecstasy to nothing but a suspended sentence after hearing how a near death experience had changed the (now former) drug user’s outlook on life. Steven Hancock, 46, frequently purchased ecstasy pills on the darknet throughout 2017 and perhaps even earlier than 2017. He told ... Read More »

“Publicity Stunt” Kidnapper Sentenced to 201 Months in Prison

An Italian court sentenced Lukasz Herba to 16 years and nine months in prison for kidnapping former Instagram model Chloe Ayling in Milan, Italy. The Polish man, according to Ayling’s statements, had lured her to Italy for a nonexistent photoshoot and then kidnapped her. Herba, along with other assailants, told her they worked as hitmen and mercenaries for a human ... Read More »

Pedophile Caught in Homeland Security Operation Sentenced to Prison

According to an announcement from John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, a district court judge sentenced a Connecticut, man to five years in prison for possessing hundreds of pictures and videos that depicted child abuse. The defendant, a 61-year-old from Shelton, Connecticut, named Michael Hull, had been downloading child abuse material on the darknet when ... Read More »

Fentanyl Dealer to Spend Two Decades in Prison

An announcement from United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon of the US Attorney’s Office of the District of South Carolina revealed that a Charleston district judge had sentenced a fentanyl dealer to 20 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death. After the incarceration, the defendant—a 61-year-old—will spend another five years on federal supervision. The defendant, Robert ... Read More »

Bulk MDMA Importer Headed to Prison for 30 Months

A Lithuanian man attempted to smuggle almost 10 kilograms of MDMA into Northern Ireland through the mail, an announcement from the UK’s National Crime Agency explained. At a hearing in early June, a judge at Newry Crown Court sentenced the man to two and a half years in prison. NCA officers arrested the defendant, Lukas Urbutis, 25, at his home ... Read More »

5 Years in Prison for Hacker Who Helped Russians

The infamous Yahoo hacker who breached the personal information of up to 500,000,000 users in 2014 is now going to serve five years in prison. Karim Baratov together with three others, allegedly targeted users in the United States as well as other key countries. Alexey Belan is reportedly the person who was in charge of the main attack while Baratov ... Read More »

Fentanyl Analogue Dealer Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced a 33-year-old Riverside man to 312 months in federal prison for trafficking acetyl fentanyl. Because the drug operation led to at least one fatal overdose, the defendant faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years. The charges only involved a single fatal overdose, but investigators connected several more deaths to the ... Read More »

Canadian Programmer Connected to Yahoo Security Breach Handed Five Year Prison Sentence

A Kazakhstani born Canadian living in Hamilton, Ontario, who was associated with the infamous 2014 Yahoo security hack, received a five-year prison sentence. The security breach saw over 500 million Yahoo user accounts compromised, including personal credentials such as names, passwords, emails, phone numbers, and security questions. Some of the stolen credentials were eventually dumped on the dark web by ... Read More »

Raleigh Xanax Vendor Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced a Raleigh man to more than six years in federal prison for producing alprazolam pills and selling them on the darknet. According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., Matthew Lee Yensan, 25, received a sentence of six years and six ... Read More »

Alphabay Fraud Vendor Sentenced to a Decade in Prison

On Friday, May 25, Judge Michael Gledhill of Southwark Crown Court sentenced Grant West, 26, to 128 months in prison for crimes committed as the Alphabay fraud vendor “Courvoisier.” The man, formerly known only as an Alphabay “full” vendor that allegedly scammed customers as frequently as he defrauded companies, caused several million dollars in damage to companies he attacked. And ... Read More »

How a Phone Upgrade Sent a Pedophile to Prison

A so-called “sex-obsessed loner” will be spending the next three years in prison for downloading and possessing hours of child abuse videos he had downloaded from chatrooms and forums on both the darknet and clearnet. Although the 21-year-old’s “obsession with sex” led to his prison sentence, his decision to trade his cell phone for an upgraded version ultimately secured his ... Read More »

Almost Six Years in Prison for Fake Oxycodone Dealer

At a federal district court in South Dakota, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier sentenced Jacob Hubbs, 21, to almost six years in prison for ordering counterfeit oxycodone pills on the darknet to resell locally. Hubbs had pleaded guilty to a fentanyl distribution conspiracy in February, 2018. In 2017, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation initiated an investigation into ... Read More »

Swedish Drug Buyer Sentenced to One Year in Prison

A 26-year-old man from Högsby, Sweden, was sentenced to one year in prison for drug smuggling and drug possession connected to several purchases made on darknet markets. Many of the drugs he had purchased on the darknet, the man eventually learned, ended up in the hands of Swedish Customs officers during his own investigation. According to the prosecutor, Customs intercepted ... Read More »