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Belgian Amphetamine Vendor Sentenced to Forfeit 946 Bitcoins and Spend 40 Months in Prison

A Belgian court judge, last year, formally charged a 25-year-old computer programmer for running a million-dollar darknet operation from his family home. The 25-year-old—Stijn Victor, from Torhout, Belgium—ran a smooth network until a few simple mistakes caused his downfall. Shortly thereafter, hearings proceeded; the prosecution pushed for five years in prison, and the defense pushed for 300 hours of community ... Read More »

Two Englishmen Sentenced for Downloading Child Pornography from the Darknet

On January 5, both Exeter Crown Court and York Crown Court in England saw two separate cases of defendants who used the darknet to access child pornography. In one case, a 40-year-old from Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter, pleaded guilty to three counts of downloading or viewing child pornography. In the other case, Martin Richard Shepherd, a 45-year-old hospital IT employee, ... Read More »

West Virginian Sentenced for Trafficking 400KG Marijuana, Most Via Postal Carriers

On January 3, 2017, 27-year-old Parker Wyatt Mays received a prison sentence of one year and one day for his admitted participation in an intranational drug trafficking ring. The 27-year-old from Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to marijuana distribution in late August 2016. The Drug Enforcement Administration pursued Mays and a large list of co-conspirators in an ongoing, long-term investigation. ... Read More »

Department of Defense Employee Sentenced for Selling Stolen Government Items on Ebay

In late December, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced the sentencing of a former Department of Defense employee. Roy E. Friend, a 52-year-old from Newport News, Virginia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire or mail fraud. According to court documents, Friend used his Department of Defense (DoD) credentials to defraud the ... Read More »

Sweden’s Largest Darknet Vendors Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

In the middle of November, the Skaraborg District Court charged four individuals for drug trafficking. Sofia Karlsson, the lead prosecutor, then explained the 6,000-page indictment over several weeks. After she finished reading the charges, she urged the court to sentence the group’s leaders to 14-years in prison. Karlsson provided the court, and judge, enough evidence to agree upon a guilty ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Transporting 991 Grams of Cocaine in a Printer

U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, on December 22, convicted a four-time drug trafficker to 204 months in prison. Angel Catalino Ivostraza-Torres, a 53-year-old from North Philidelphia, received one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine—first-degree distribution. In total, according to court documents, Ivostraza-Torres possessed 991 grams of cocaine. Investigators, based on evidence built against Ivostraza-Torres, ... Read More »

German Man Sentenced for Cyberbullying and Selling Electronics on the Darknet

The presiding judge at the Nuremberg District Court, on December 14, sentenced a 24-year-old to three years and five months in prison. The Lower Saxonian man faced charges that involved computer fraud, computer sabotage, incitement, violence, the spread of both animal and child pornography, along with data spying. His indictment included additional charges, but those received the most focus. “These ... Read More »

Teenage PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Months in County Jail

Over the course of the last year, we learned of the FBI’s blatant disregard for the federal law during Operation Playpen. They hacked, at a minimum, 8,000 computers and only received a warrant from a magistrate judge in Virginia. Luckily for 19-year-old Lucas Zalesny, the District Attorney knew that Federal judges were throwing out the FBI’s evidence. After Zalesny had ... Read More »

German Internet Fraud Duo Sentenced

A 22-year-old and a 21-year-old was sentenced for committing internet fraud by Waldbröler District Court in Germany. According to official court documents, the duo cracked email and eBay accounts and used victim information to purchase electronic devices, such as cameras. After they received the goods, they sold them for profit. Recently, the two fraudsters had to stand trial at Waldböler ... Read More »

New Haven Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine

Frank Pina, a 57-year-old New Haven resident, just received an 81-month prison sentence from U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea. Shea sentenced Pina for distributing fentanyl-laced cocaine. His “cocaine” killed three New Haven residents in June alone. Pina himself overdosed on the concoction at least one time, court documents revealed. According to said documents, on June 23, seventeen people in ... Read More »

Three Darknet Amphetamine Vendors to Be Sentenced by Federal Cybercrime Center

The General Public Prosecutor’s Office of Koblenz formally charged several individuals for distributing 5,300 grams of amphetamine. Three Bavarian citizens were indicted for jointly distributing “massive” quantities of amphetamines via the darknet. Charges were filed by the Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) Ministry of Justice where the suspects were to face charges. This changed once investigators discovered that the men shipped packages to ... Read More »

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New York Man Sentenced to Prison After Buying 83 Stolen Credit Cards from the Darknet

A 26-year-old Yonkers man was sentenced to serve one to three years in prison for identity theft involving credit cards. Police arrested him and discovered more than 80 stolen credit cards, various fake IDs, and receipts for expensive items. Acting District Attorney James A. McCarty announced on November 15 that Gabriel Young, 26, pleaded guilty Oct. 11, 2016, to second-degree ... Read More »

Bodenseekreis Student Sentenced To Probation For Drug Trafficking

A 24-year-old student from Bodenseekreis, Germany was sentenced to three years of probation for selling drugs he bought from the dark web. According to official documents at the Konstanz District Court the student ordered drugs from dark net markets in 19 cases. Between 2014 and 2015, the accused bought all kinds of narcotics worth 37,000 Euros from a vendor shop ... Read More »

Pirna Couple Sentenced For Fraud

A couple from Pirna, Germany used foreign customer data for fraud, the man was sentenced to three years and two months in prison while the woman to 100 hours of community service. Axel E., the man of the couple was arrested in July and is currently in detention for fraud. According to the prosecutor’s office, the 40-year-old Hamburg man with ... Read More »