Bitcoin seized in a fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)'s Northern District of Ohio returned $19.2 million when sold, The Blade reported.

  • The crypto was seized from Mark Simon, an Ohio man arrested and convicted for producing and selling false identification documents, such as driver's licenses.
  • Simon's clients paid for the documents in bitcoin.
  • An initial indictment of Simon and his alleged accomplices in March 2018 stated prosecutors wanted Simon to forfeit 500 BTC, worth an estimated $5.1 million at the time.
  • The bitcoin was worth around $2.9 million when surrendered to the federal government in 2019, The Blade said.
  • The bitcoin were sold for more than $19 million, the report said, citing Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Brennan.
  • It was the largest net forfeiture in Northern District of Ohio's history, she said Thursday.
  • Simon pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison and agreed to the forfeiture of the crypto.

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