Secret Service agent gets 71 months in prison for stealing from Silk Road dealers

Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges has been sentenced to 71 months in prison, after pleading guilty to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice earlier this year,as first reported by Ars Technica. Bridges was part of the team investigating the Silk Road, ultimately resulting in the conviction of Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. But as Bridges was working to investigate the marketplace, he was also stealing from many of the site’s customers, using administrator credentials pilfered from a confidential informant. Through a string of such thefts, Bridges was able to amass as much as 20,000 bitcoin. Bridges also paid $500,000 in restitution as part of his sentence.