The Silk Road case will make headlines again this week with Ross Ulbricht’s sentencing. One of the players in the still unfolding saga is Assistant US Attorney Kathryn Haun, who heads digital currency initiatives at the US Department of Justice. Haun will speak on the blockchain and transparency at Consensus 2015.
With Ross Ulbricht’s sentencing due Friday, the Silk Road story is a hot topic once again. But even when Ulbricht’s sentencing is complete, the saga looks to be far from over. One of the stranger twists in an already convoluted tale is the case against two former Drug Enforcement Administration and Secret Service agents.
The agents, Carl Mark Force IV of the DEA and Shaun Bridges of the Secret Service, are being charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offences for making off with more than $800,000-worth of stolen bitcoin during their investigation of Silk Road.
The lead prosecutor on the case is Assistant US Attorney Kathryn Haun, of the Northern District of California. According to the complaint, Haun’s team made extensive use of blockchain analysis to link the illicit bitcoin flows to the accused former agents.
Haun’s experience isn’t limited