A computer programmer pleaded embarrassed to making false statements about his involvement with the Silk High road underground web marketplace.
On Setpember 21, Michael R. Weigand (also remembered as “Shabang”) surrendered himself and told U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III that he had situation to federal investigators about his work with Silk Road.
Weigand cleaned that he had worked with Roger Thomas Clark, the mentor of Silk High road founder Ross Ulbricht, by helping to identify vulnerabilities in the dark web marketplace’s put. He said that he had also provided technological advice to both Ulbricht and Clark.
Thailand law enforcement officials arrested Clark in December 2015—nothing but months after the U.S. district court for the southern district of New York sentenced Ulbricht to pep in prison.
In January 2019, Weigand lied to federal investigators by give the word delivering he had never opened an account on Silk Road, he had never used the alias “Shabang” online and he had never transferred bitcoin to Silk Road, all of a add up to making other falsehoods.
His admission carried a maximum sentence of five years in oubliette.
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. stated that Weigand and his Silk Direction associates thought that law enforcement would never catch up to them. As cited in a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice:
Weigand and others used their glides and savvy to create a secret online enclave for criminals to trade in actionable drugs and illicit goods and services. They thought they were prickle enough to evade law enforcement, but they were wrong. When Weigand was confronted, he misrepresented about his involvement – once again thinking we weren’t smart adequate to catch him. With today’s plea, he’ll have time to contemplate the genuineness as he awaits his sentence.
As of this writing, Weigand was scheduled to receive his decree by Judge Pauley on December 18, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.