Bitcoin has been catching the attention of law enforcements around the world, which, unfortunately, leads to even more negative press for this digital currency. Anything and everyone who has done or is doing something illegal have to be using Bitcoin if you were to believe mainstream media sources. According to one of the latest reports, a luxury property related to a Bitcoin hack has been seized by Czech police.
Sheep Marketplace – Blatant Trail of “Hacked” Bitcoins
Most of our readers will have heard about the Sheep Marketplace by now, an online marketplace – or should we call it a place to buy & sell drugs without restrictions – which was closed down over a year ago. The reason this marketplace is relevant to Bitcoin is because of the fact that Bitcoin was one of the accepted currencies to be used on this platform.
The reason for the closure of Sheep Marketplace was because – allegedly – hackers stole US$5.3 million worth of Bitcoin from the platform owners. Because of the transparent nature of the blockchain, these transactions could be traced quite easily, eventually leading to the conclusion that this “hack” was an inside job and nothing else.
In fact, one site reported that 40,000 Bitcoins – all of which were part of this “hack” – had been moved to an address that had been previously associated with the Sheep Marketplace. As you are all well aware, these are hardly such a thing as a “coincidence” when it comes to money being “stolen” versus money being moved “as part of an inside job”.
Ministry of Finance Analytical Unit (FAU)
One of the transactions associated with these stolen funds – for a value of US$35,000 – was traced to Eva Bartošová, who apparently received these funds from the Bitstamp exchange. The reason the name Eva Bartošová is so intriguing is because she and her partner, Tomáš Jiřikovský, bought a luxury property worth US$345,000. You can see where this story is going.
While the bank account associated with this transaction – it was a brand new account as well – belongs to Eva Bartošová, the actual payment was intended for a person called “TJ.” When you start putting one and one together, you will quickly figure out that this “TJ” is none other than Tomáš Jiřikovský, the partner of Eva Bartošová.
Granted, none of that seems related to the Sheep Marketplace at all, were it not for the name “TJ” appearing in reports related to the Sheep marketplace theft investigation. Further investigation revealed that transactions worth millions of Czech crowns were sent to bank accounts belonging to both Eva Bartošová and Tomáš Jiřikovský. And if that wasn’t enough, all of these transactions were coming from the Bitstamp exchange.
The investigation is still ongoing, and no official arrests have been made at the time of publication. We will keep monitoring the story as it further develops.
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