Mobile Messenger Creator and Millionaire Sentenced to 17 Years

Shaun Collopy established an online drug selling business, which used the untraceable online currency of Bitcoins. Shaun Collopy was sentenced to 17 years for his online drug-dealing operation on Dark Net.

Shaun Michael Collopy plead guilty to 30 drug trafficking charges after establishing his online drug venture was shut down in late 2013.

Collopy and his partner, Gary Cooley set up AuVIP, a website and bought, packaged and distributed drugs from places like the Netherlands, India, and even the U.S.

District Court Chief Judge Geoffrey Muecke said “The nature of the offending meant it was impossible to trace how much they both made, however a spreadsheet was found in which Collopy predicted he would make $784,000 in one year.”

Collopy, who will be 40 years old this Friday, sat and listened to the sentencing on a monitor from prison.

A former graduate from Flinders University, made millions on the internet and lived a very lavish lifestyle in the United States. He then returned to Adelaide a drug addict due to what his lawyers called a “career hangover”.

Jordan Belfort was Collopy’s biggest idol and often sent him tweets, urging that they hang out in Las Vegas.

Judge Muecke said, “Even after Collopy’s arrest in November 2013, it took an SA Police E-Crime expert four months to discover a password which bypassed an encryption on his records and computers.”

He threw out Collopy’s submission that he only planned to use the AuVIP website for six months, and even trashed Cooley’s claim that he was just working for Collopy to pick up and send packages of drugs.

“Both men had never been in trouble with the law before, but had been instrumental in the elaborate scheme”, Judge Muecke said. Prosecutors described his racket as “new age drug dealing”.

The court heard Collopy had spent much of the $3m he earned from the sale of a SMS company he established in the early 2000s, and was spending up to $15,000 a week on drugs for himself and Cooley’s personal use.

“I am satisfied, Mr. Collopy, that you hoped the offending would restore you to the significant wealth you once enjoyed,” Chief Judge Muecke said.

Collopy got busted using drugs and was found with an encrypted mobile phone when he was granted bail, and had shown little emotion to the sentence of a maximum of 17 years with a chance of parole after ten. This would make him eligible for official release in June 2025.

Cooley, 42, was sentenced to 14 years and six months, with the possibility of parole after eight.

He said Cooley facing losing his house and being deported from Australia back to the United Kingdom where he is from when his sentence is completed.

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