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A Town in Illinois Just Announced It's Holding a Bitcoin Sale

A small town located outside of Chicago is about to sell some bitcoin.

Feb 6, 2017 at 10:58 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 1:04 p.m. UTC

A small town located outside of Chicago is about to sell some bitcoins.

The village of Vernon Hills, Illinois, is currently in possession of roughly $10,000 worth of the digital currency, according to The Chicago Tribune. That amount, seized last year during a criminal drug investigation by local police and federal agencies, is set to be sold off in the days ahead. Local officials approved a plan to use Coinbase to sell the confiscated coins during a town meeting on 24th January.

While not as flashy as one of the US Marshals’ bitcoin auctions or the $19m worth sold in Australia last year, the Vernon Hills story illustrates the questions local jurisdictions face when coming into possession of bitcoin following a criminal investigation. The village has a population of about 25,000 people, according to US Census data.

The Tribune quoted Vernon Hills finance chief Nikki Larson, who told town officials:

"[Bitcoins are] used to facilitate transactions online, but because the village doesn't have a use for bitcoins we're recommending that the village share be accepted and then subsequently converted into US currency.”

Curiously, it won’t be the last time that Vernon Hills receives a small windfall – which will be directed to local police coffers – from a bitcoin bust.

In the months ahead, local police are expected to finalize another criminal investigation that will involve a bitcoin asset forfeiture. As that process comes to a close, Vernon Hills officials will hold yet another bitcoin sale.

Image via Shutterstock

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