Prosecuting violent crime; uncovering high-tech money laundering; and more.
“These are more than just beautiful artifacts – they are windows into thousands of years of culture and deserve to be returned to their country of origin,” said District Attorney Bragg.
The Manhattan District Attorney calls it a takedown of a global bitcoin money laundering operation. Thursday afternoon, several defendants were arraigned on numerous charges.
Dark-web drug dealers selling ketamine, MDMA and counterfeit Xanax in every state in America. An identity thief hacking into his targets’ cellphones. A member of an Eastern European organized crime syndicate. These, prosecutors said, were just some of the customers of Thomas Spieker, a former party producer who was charged on Thursday in state court in Manhattan with laundering more than $2.3 million in Bitcoin for criminals around the world from 2018 to 2021.
“As alleged, this sprawling web of international money laundering helped drug traffickers, an organized crime ring, and scammers hide their criminal activity and transmit their proceeds around the globe,” said District Attorney Bragg.