Almost a year ago, Bitcoin advocate, entrepreneur, former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and the founder of the Bitcoin exchange Bitinstant, Charlie Shrem was sentenced to two years in prison for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to the Internet black-market bazaar Silk Road.
“I screwed up. The bitcoin community, they’re scared and there is no money laundering going on any more. They’re terrified. Bitcoin is my baby, it’s my whole world and my whole life, it’s what I was put on this earth to do. I need to be out there. If your honor grants me that, I can be out there in the world, making sure that people don’t do the same stupid things that I did,” said Mr. Shrem to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff.
“[Shrem] was knowingly, willfully, and to some extent excitedly, even passionately involved in activity that he knew was a serious violation of the law and that was promoting the evil business of trafficking in drugs,” Judge Rakoff commented.
However, Shrem stays in touch with the community and helds an AMA from Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania. He wrote at Bitcoin.com:
I’m Charlie Shrem, Bitcoin pioneer,