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U.S. Government Seizes $3.4 Billion Worth of Bitcoin from Silk Road Scammer

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 18:16
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Alex Dovbnya
The U.S. government has announced its second-largest cryptocurrency seizure to date
U.S. Government Seizes $3.4 Billion Worth of Bitcoin from Silk Road Scammer
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The U.S. Department of Justice has seized 50,676 Bitcoin ($3.36 billion) from an individual known as James Zhong.

Zhong, who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, stole the Bitcoin fortune from the now-defunct Silk Road marketplace ten years ago.  

The Bitcoin OG managed to steal the funds by tricking “Silk Road’s withdrawal-processing system.

According to BitMEX Research, the hacker in question was known as “Loader” from the BitcoinTalk forum. On this forum, he once attempted to make a bet with notorious Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver. 

Zhong seemingly had a lavish lifestyle, posting pictures with yachts and airplanes. 

U.S. Government Seizes $3.4 Billion Worth of Bitcoin from Silk Road Scammer

It is worth noting that this is the U.S. government’s second-largest Bitcoin seizure to date. 

The Silk Road marketplace was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) back in 2013.

Ross William Ulbricht, the founder of the marketplace, was sentenced to double life imprisonment plus forty years.

In 2020, the U.S government sized 69,369 bitcoins (worth $1 billion at that time) from the Silk Road marketplace, which remains the biggest cryptocurrency seizure to date.

The U.S. government now owns roughly $4.5 billion worth of Bitcoin. However, it should be noted that the government still has to prove its case before the judge before gaining control over the most recent coins for good.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at