A former Secret Service agent who pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin during the US government’s investigation of the now-defunct dark market Silk Road has been re-arrested.
Court documents point to a suspicion on the part of the federal government that Shaun Bridges may have been attempting to flee the country.
In a 28th January document, prosecutors sought to prevent the court from approving Bridges’ request to be allowed to surrender to a Bureau of Prisons facility in the state of New Hampshire. Judge Richard Seeborg approved that order on 29th January.
Prosecutors say the arresting officers discovered passports for Bridges, documents pertaining to offshore companies based in Belize, Mauritius and Nevis, and a bulletproof vest.
The filing goes on to explain:
According to the prosecution, Bridges was arrested "without incident" last Thursday. As reported by The Baltimore Sun, he was arrested at his home in Laurel, Maryland.
The full court motion detailing Bridges' arrest can be found below:
The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.