Carl Force, a 46 year old member of Baltimore’s Silk Road task force and former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has finally plead for an agreement with prosecutors.
Amidst the shutdown of the online dark marketplace Silk Road, Force was accused for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of bitcoins confiscated from the online dark marketplace and for transferring it to his own personal bank account instead of seizing it as a government property.
The criminal complaint filed against Force on March 25 by an IRS agent Tigran Gambaryan read:
“FORCE stole and converted to his own personal use a sizeable amount of bitcoins that DPR sent to FORCE in FORCE’s official undercover capacity and rather than turning those bitcoin over to the government, FORCE deposited them into his own personal accounts.”
Force was also accused for abusing his DEA powers to seize the funds of a user in a bitcoin exchange that he invested in, called CoinMKT and for forcefully trying to unlock his funds in a payment platform Venmo.
However, the list of charges filed against Force did not end there. According to the complaint, Force was a member of Baltimore’s Silk Road