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- The last member of the ‘crypto 6’ crypto laundering gang has actually been condemned of numerous monetary criminal offenses
- Ian Freeman was the only one of the 6 to plead not washing cash through bitcoin for online fraudsters
- Paradoxically offered his name, Freeman is set to invest years behind bars when he is sentenced
The last staying member of the so-called ‘Crypto Six’ has actually been condemned of assisting online fraudsters wash their funds utilizing BitcoinIan Freeman, a libertarian activist and the co-host of the radio broadcast Free Talk Live, was the only one of the 6 apprehended in March in 2015 on suspicion of assisting the fraudsters conceal their ill-gotten gains through the cryptocurrencyThe other 5 members all took plea offers however Freeman pleaded innocent, a strategy which ended in catastrophe when he was condemned on several counts.
$10 Million Laundered Through Bitcoin
Freeman was detained together with his 5 associates in 2015 when the FBI robbed a number of homes in Keene, New Hampshire related to the members of the liberty-minded Free Keene motion. It was declared that considering that 2016 the gang had actually run a company that allowed its consumers to exchange over $10 million in unlawfully acquired fiat currency for virtual currency, running it online and through the running of Bitcoin ATM devices in New Hampshire.
Freeman was charged with cash laundering, conspiracy to wash cash, operation of an unlicensed cash sending company, and 4 counts of tax evasion. The other 5 members of the gang, having actually understood that the writing was on the wall, took plea offers and got lighter sentences as an outcome. Freeman selected to combat his corner, and today was condemned on all counts.
Freeman Not So Free After All
Joseph Bonavolonta, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division, summed up the case after the guilty decision came through:
Today’s decision shows Ian Freeman ran a massive multi-million-dollar virtual currency organization under the guise of a spiritual company getting charitable contributions that broke many laws to avert detection. As a member of this criminal conspiracy, Mr. Freeman benefited from the feelings and checking account of unwitting victims to line his own pockets.
Freeman was not apprehended following the decision however was remanded to appear in court on April 14, 2023 for sentencing, where, paradoxically provided his name, he deals with years behind bars.