Ethereum Developer Virgil Griffith Back in Jail in the US

He is charged with helping North Korea circumvent sanctions through the use of crypto.

Jul 21, 2021 at 4:33 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:28 p.m. UTC

Prominent Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith has been remanded in custody, Inner City Press, a public interest organization that's known for investigating the banking industry, reported Wednesday.

  • The developer was previously charged for violating U.S. sanctions law in North Korea by assisting the Communist country in circumventing sanctions through the use of crypto.
  • U.S. prosecutors have been arguing Griffith should be returned to jail after violating his bail conditions earlier this month.
  • It is unclear whether Griffith is being remanded based on his violation of bail conditions or something else.
  • CoinDesk attempted to contact Griffith's lawyer, but has yet to receive a reply.
  • Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen LLP, a lawyer not representing Griffith, previously said "it is insane to remand someone to custody for this purported bail violation. The prosecutors are being incredibly heavy-handed and punitive."

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