“I’m a proponent of bitcoin and hope it does succeed and take over the monetary system of the world.”
Months after the closure of the infamous online black market Silk Road and the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, it seems bitcoin still held the attention of former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent Carl Mark Force IV.
Overnight, Force has become a sensation in the bitcoin world for his alleged improprieties while serving with the US federal agency. Along with Shaun Bridges, a former US Secret Service agent, Force has been charged with money laundering and fraud, while separately being slapped with allegations that he stole government property while undercover.
In court documents unsealed yesterday, the duo are said to have misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds as part of the Baltimore-based investigation to apprehend Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), the leader of Silk Road later determined to be Ulbricht.
However, evidence suggests Force, who was employed as a DEA special agent for 15 years until his resignation in May 2014, continued to interact with the bitcoin community after the black market was closed.
Force opened up to CoinDesk contributor Carrie Kirby in a series of conversations that took place