Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Carl Force has been ordered to forfeit roughly $500,000 as part of his sentencing.
On July 1, Force pleaded guilty to charges of extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice for alleged fraud perpetrated during the Silk Road investigation and other bitcoin-related crimes. Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges, also accused of embezzling bitcoin during the investigation, has agreed to plead guilty next month.
The order consists of several forfeitures for amounts held in numerous Bitcoin addresses and trading accounts, including BTC-e and E-Trade. Based on the current value of bitcoin ($290), the amounts add up to roughly $497,000. Force agreed to forfeit these assets to offset a $500,000 Money Judgement.
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Another court document, submitted by Force’s attorney, Ivan Bates, beseeches Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley to allow Force to receive medication. According to Bates, Force has not gained access to his medication, needed to alleviate mental health issues.
He noted how Force is being held in solitary confinement at the San Francisco County Detention Center, and how combined with no access to his medication, Force’s mental health issues have worsened. He requests that Force be transferred to the Alameda County Detention Center as he awaits sentencing.
The case is being handled through the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.