Former U.S. Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges pleaded guilty Monday to money laundering and obstruction of justice while investigating Silk Road, according to Bloomberg. Bridges admitted he stole $820,000 in bitcoins while serving on a Baltimore task force investigating the Silk Road Internet drug emporium. Bridges agreed in June to plead guilty to the charges.
During Monday’s hearing, a federal judge ordered Bridges to submit to electronic monitoring, and a curfew after a prosecutor told the judge Bridges tried to change his identity and possessed illegal firearms.
Prosecutor: Bridges May Try To Flee
The government learned of Bridges’ attempts to change his identity just hours before the hearing. Prosecutor Kathryn Haun told U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco, Calif. that Bridges tried to change his name and Social Security number and possessed illegal firearms. Haun told the judge that Bridges may try flee if allowed to remain free on bail and should be locked up while he awaits his sentencing in December.
Seeborg accepted Bridges’ plea but said the attempts to change his identity raises “red flags.”
“I’m not surprised they’re bringing