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Statement Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara On The Conviction Of Ross William Ulbricht

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

"As a unanimous jury has found, Ross William Ulbricht operated Silk Road – a clandestine global marketplace that offered buyers and sellers of illegal goods and services a promise of anonymity. Ulbricht built this black market bazaar to exploit the dark web and the digital currency Bitcoin to allow users to conduct illegal business beyond the reach of law enforcement. Ulbricht’s arrest and conviction – and our seizure of millions of dollars of Silk Road Bitcoins – should send a clear message to anyone else attempting to operate an online criminal enterprise. The supposed anonymity of the dark web is not a protective shield from arrest and prosecution."

Updated May 14, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-032