Man arrested for selling guns online for Bitcoin

11/07/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Jersey – U.S. authorities have arrested a man for selling guns online in exchange for Bitcoin. As reported by Reuters, the man, Matthew Crisafi, 38, was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, selling firearms without a license, and smuggling goods from the United States after running the operation on the website Black Market Reloaded.

The website was described by prosecutors in a recently filed criminal complaint as having a similar appearance as online marketplaces like EBay, but it is reportedly only accessible through the Tor encrypted network. Transactions are made between vendors and customers using Bitcoins, a digital currency.

Andrew McLees, the Homeland Security Investigations agent who directed the Crisafi case, is quoted by Reuters as stating, “People who think they can hide behind a veil of an ‘underground’ website to buy and sell weapons illegally are mistaken… HSI will use all of our collective resources to track you down and bring you to justice.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – New Jersey Legal News

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