A federal judge in San Francisco has sentenced a former Secret Service agent to nearly six years in prison following his conviction on charges related to the theft of electronic currency during a high-profile investigation into the online drug bazaar Silk Road.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said Shaun Bridges had betrayed the public trust before issuing the 71-month sentence on Monday. Bridges’ attorneys were seeking a three-year sentence.
Bridges pleaded guilty in August to money laundering and obstruction charges and acknowledged stealing $820,000 worth of bitcoin after getting access to Silk Road, the multimillion-dollar marketplace for illegal drugs and other contraband.
Bridges was part of a task force investigating Silk Road.
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