Silk Road shadow market consultant Roger Thomas Clark pleaded guilty in Federal court in Manhattan, confirming participation in a conspiracy to distribute drugs.
The Silk Road platform was created in January 2011 and closed by the FBI in October 2013. The site was intended for the sale of drugs and other illegal goods and services. “Transactions” were made with payment in bitcoins, and users remained anonymous.
According to a press release from the us Department of justice, Clark played a key role in the development of the Silk Road darknet market, providing advice on all aspects of the site’s operation. It is worth noting that the Creator of Silk Road Ross Ulbricht (Ross Ulbricht) spoke of Clark as a real mentor who always advises on the technical infrastructure and safe operation of the site. In may 2015, Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison.
In the same year, Clark was arrested in Thailand on charges of money laundering and illegal drug sales. In addition, Clark was accused of trying to arrange the contract murder of a Silk Road employee who was suspected of stealing $350,000 worth of bitcoins. Clark was later extradited to the United States. The Prosecutor’s office for the southern district of new York said that the final sentence will be handed down on may 29, 2020.
“The arrest of Roger Clarke suggests that even the so-called anonymity of the darknet will not save you from criminal responsibility,” said Manhattan Federal court Prosecutor Geoffrey Berman.
Recall that in December, venture investor Tim Draper (Tim Draper) called for the release of Ross Ulbricht from prison, explaining his opinion that the crypto community needs such extraordinary people and their ideas.