2 US agents charged with fraud during Silk Road inquiry

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Monday, March 30, 2015
The Silk Road website.
The Silk Road website.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Two former federal agents have been charged with stealing digital currency during their investigation into an online black market that allowed users to buy and sell drugs and other illegal items.

Carl M. Force of Baltimore was a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Shaun W. Bridges of Laurel, Maryland, was a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service on a task force that investigated the Silk Road marketplace.

Force served as an undercover agent and was tasked with establishing communications with a target of the investigation, Ross William Ulbricht.

Force is charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest. Bridges is charged with wire fraud and money laundering.

The federal criminal complaint was filed last Wednesday and unsealed Monday.