Czech police have seized a luxury property purchased with bitcoin by a couple previously linked to the hack of drug bazaar Sheep Marketplace.
The house, reportedly worth around $345,000, was bought in a series of transactions by Tomáš Jiřikovský and his partner Eva Bartošová. The property was originally registered under Jiřikovský’s grandfather, Jan Goliath.
Sheep Marketplace shut down in December 2013, following claims hackers had absconded with approximately $5.3m in bitcoin. Users who tracked the stolen funds on the blockchain voiced suspicions that the theft was an inside job. A site named Sheep Market Scam alleging that a further 40,000 BTC was moved to an address previously associated with the site.
According to reports, The Ministry of Finance’s Financial Analytical Unit (FAU) flagged a payment of approximately $35,000 from bitcoin exchange Bitstamp to Bartošová, who was unable to account for the origin of the funds. Further payments to a lawyer and a realtor were also reportedly tracked.
A loosely translated report published by FAU, noted payments to Bitstamp Ltd, which it refers to as ‘BL’:
“During the inspection of a bank we caught an international payment on behalf of a newly opened bank account under the name of ‘EB’, which