The second of two former U.S. agents charged with pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in digital currency reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Carl Force, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent, was charged with taking Bitcoins during the investigation of the illegal Silk Road Internet drug emporium, which led to the conviction of the site’s founder Ross Ulbricht. Force agreed to plead guilty to charges including money laundering and extortion, according to a court filing Monday.
Without telling his superiors, Force adopted the alias “French Maid” to extort and negotiate with Ulbricht, selling information about the government’s investigation in exchange for payment, according to a San Francisco federal court filing Monday. Using the alias and others, Force channeled more than $400,000 in digital currency to his personal bank accounts, according to the filings.
Force’s agreement follows a similar deal reached June 17 with Shaun Bridges, a U.S. Secret Service agent who worked with Force on the same Baltimore task force.
Ivan Bates, a lawyer for Force, and prosecutors requested a July 1 hearing to enter the guilty pleas.
Bates didn’t immediately respond to phone and e-mail messages after regular business hours seeking comment on the plea agreement.
The case is USA v. Force, 15-cr-00319, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).