DEA Agent Ordered to Forfeit $500,000 in Funds He Stole During Silk Road Case

Carl Force IV, a 46-year-old member of Baltimore’s Silk Road task force and former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, has been ordered to forfeit around US$500,000 in cash and bitcoin that he “confiscated” while investigating the Silk Road case.

The criminal complaint filed against Force on March 25 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 stole hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of bitcoins confiscated during the Silk Road case and transferred them to his personal accounts.

The United States government has filed an order of forfeiture demanding that Force relinquish US$500,000 from the following sources: