back to article Six years in the slammer for SilkRoad-skimming secret agent

Shaun Bridges, the light-fingered Secret Service agent who pleaded guilty to scamming SilkRoad while he was investigating the online drugs-and-vulnerabilities marketplace, has copped a six-year sentence for his trouble. US district court judge Richard Seeborg called Bridges' actions, which netted him around US$820,000, a " …

  1. The Nazz

    If only ...

    they'd stuck to legal and proper banking like the big financial firms do, they'd have walked away scott free with billions.

    1. Richard Taylor 2

      Re: If only ...

      If only he had been technically competent enough to properly - or even half heartedly (the FIBS may not have noticed) cover his tracks

  2. Winkypop Silver badge

    Six years porridge and a bad name

    Hardly worth a measly 820K

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So would it transpire

    "Since the now-jailed Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht assumed the admin, Curtis Green, was responsible for the theft, Bridges' actions put him in danger of his life"

    If Ulbricht had been successful in getting Green killed. would Bridges be facing first degree murder charges?

    should he not also be charged with attempted murder because of his actions by association?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: So would it transpire

      "should he not also be charged with attempted murder because of his actions by association?"

      Using that logic anyone driving a car with slighlty bald tyres should be charged with attempted murder, because , ya know - you *could* have skidded and killed someone. Just because you didn't....

      1. TeeCee Gold badge

        Re: So would it transpire

        ....which is why driving a car with slightly bald tyres gets you three points and a fat fine per tyre. It's taken rather seriously.

        All four substandard and that's yer license.....(!)

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: So would it transpire

          That was a claim in a swatting case (dial 911 claim you are being robbed and give a false address - the SWAT team break in and shoot the victim) that is was attempted murder

          However the prosecutor would have to show that the police SWAT team would likely shoot to kill an unarmed occupant of the house.

          No prosecutor wants to upset the police so the case is unlikely to go anywhere

          1. HausWolf

            Re: So would it transpire

            Actually in the US, yes, the SWAT team very well could kill an unarmed, innocent person. Would not be the first time. After all, they have used a stun grenade in an infants crib recently.

            1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

              Re: So would it transpire

              It could have been a terrorist baby ....

  4. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    So the old adage is true

    If you've got a lot of drug (money) you'd better keep it in a safe place or the DEA might come and steal if from you.

    1. Eddy Ito

      Re: So the old adage is true

      Given the current state of asset forfeiture laws in the U.S. it only need be something of value and could be perfectly legal.

  5. knarf

    Major Fail at the core secret part

    Maybe he'll be better making license plates.

  6. thedroog


    "so the crime deserved a sentence near the top of the scale"

    6 years is not top of the scale.... Life without parole is

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Not a judge, are you ?

      I have news for you : the scale depends on the crime.

      More news : stealing is generally considered less bad than murder.

      That's why the officers usually do not shoot you when they catch you over the speed limit.

      Where "life without parole" fits in all this is an exercise I'll leave to your discovery.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        A federal investigator stealing and blackmailing the person he is investigating is worse than murder.

        It puts the entire police / government / judicial system at risk.

        Anybody here trust the police? Anybody going to witness a crime? Anybody going to help with an investigation?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As ye sow

    So shall ye receive. Just another crim that belongs in the slammer.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Maybe he should have got at least the same sentence as the Silk Road guy, after all he benefitted from it as well and has blackmail, extortion, reckless endangerment, breach of trust and could have derailed other criminal cases

    6 years is a pretty light sentence by US standards

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: Proportionate

      "6 years is a pretty light sentence by US standards"

      I guess he must be a white guy.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    If the person he impersonated was one of the people that ulbricht was prosecuted for threatening to kill them he's an accessory or certainly needs to be charged in some way for it. It's not like it was a legal, innocent act where he couldn't have foreseen the possible outcome.

  10. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    "6 years is a pretty light sentence by US standards"

    However, since he's a cop, I would expect that it will be 6 years in solitary confinement - if he's lucky, otherwise is might turn out to be a short life sentence.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doesn't the US have enough bent law enforcement officers in custody now to warrant building them their own prison?

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