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Woman who once bought bitcoins for $300,000 cash in paper bags sent to prison


Added 07-11-18 05:10:02am EST - “At one point, Theresa Tetley had an upstanding client named "Pirate Sh*t."” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “Woman who once bought bitcoins for $300,000 cash in paper bags sent to prison”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Further ReadingReport: Bitcoin money laundering suspect spared from prison poison plotA woman who for years went by the name "Bitcoin Maven" on localbitcoins.com—a peer-to-peer website for buying and selling anonymous bitcoins in-person—was sentenced Monday to 366 days in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a $20,000 fine.

While selling bitcoins is not inherently illegal, doing so in such large volumes without keeping extensive records to mitigate money laundering is.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles called the case against Theresa Lynn Tetley—a 50-year-old former stockbroker who bought and sold several million dollars worth of bitcoins—the first of its kind in the region.

Authorities began intensely investigating Tetley starting in 2016 when, unbeknownst to her, she met with an undercover female agent form the Drug Enforcement Administration. When the DEA agent told Tetley she wanted to stay anonymous, Tetley readily agreed.

Eventually, Tetley was introduced to the woman's "boyfriend," who was also an undercover agent. Over the next several months, the boyfriend conducted increasingly large transactions with Tetley, at one point specifically saying that he possessed a supply of "coke, meth, and weed" that had recently been "stolen."

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