A pc programmer pleaded responsible to creating false statements about his involvement with the Silk Highway underground internet market.
On Setpember 21, Michael R. Weigand (also referred to as “Shabang”) surrendered himself and informed U.S. District Choose William H. Pauley III that he had lied to federal investigators about his work with Silk Highway.
Weigand clarified that he had labored with Roger Thomas Clark, the mentor of Silk Highway founder Ross Ulbricht, by serving to to establish vulnerabilities at the hours of darkness internet market’s web site. He stated that he had additionally supplied technological recommendation to each Ulbricht and Clark.
Thailand regulation enforcement officers arrested Clark in December 2015—simply months after the U.S. district courtroom for the southern district of New York sentenced Ulbricht to life in jail.
In January 2019, Weigand lied to federal investigators by saying he had by no means opened an account on Silk Highway, he had by no means used the pseudonym “Shabang” on-line and he had by no means transferred bitcoin to Silk Highway, amongst making different falsehoods.
His admission carried a most sentence of 5 years in jail.
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said that Weigand and his Silk Highway associates thought that regulation enforcement would by no means catch as much as them. As quoted in an announcement launched by the U.S. Division of Justice:
Weigand and others used their expertise and savvy to create a secret on-line enclave for criminals to commerce in unlawful medication and illicit items and providers. They thought they had been sensible sufficient to evade regulation enforcement, however they had been fallacious. When Weigand was confronted, he lied about his involvement – as soon as once more pondering we weren’t sensible sufficient to catch him. With immediately’s plea, he’ll have time to ponder the reality as he awaits his sentence.
As of this writing, Weigand was scheduled to obtain his sentence by Choose Pauley on December 18, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.