The United States Secret Service (USSS) has seized more than 25 bitcoins from a Coinbase account and seemingly converted them automatically to $13,000 USD, it has emerged.
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US Secret Service Seizes Funds
In an official notification dated today, USSS announced that on June 3 it had taken control of “$13,138.12 in U.S. Currency in Lieu of 25.0001538 Bitcoins from Coinbase Inc. Account in the Name of Richard P. Underwood.”
No further details were given regarding the circumstances or motives for the assets appropriation. The account holder now has until September 5 to lay claim to his one-time property.
Unusually, the original balance appeared to have been converted into fiat, marking an interesting practice on the part of law enforcement. It is unclear, however, whether this was done in conjunction with Coinbase through its exchange, or separately, and how the funds are now being stored.
Interesting: U.S. Currency seized in Lieu of Actual Bitcoin from Coinbase Account. (Not Related to Kickass Torrents) https://t.co/R5BR1jopfq
— Brian Cohen (@inthepixels) July 22, 2016
The move marks a classic grievance, both for Coinbase users and its critics, who say that regulatory