Canadian Accused of Assisting Ross Ulbricht Extradited to the U.S.
A fifty-nine-year-old Canadian man accused of informing Ross Ulbricht, the founder and operator of the very first anonymous free marketplace, Silk Road, was extradited to the USA from Thailand. Roger Thomas Clark was charged by federal prosecutors for numerous crimes regarding the operations of Silk Road, such as narcotics trafficking, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York has shown that Roger Thomas Clark was extradited to the United States and charged with a range of crimes concerning his alleged affiliation with Ross Ulbricht. The United States Department of Justice claims that”Roger Thomas Clark was a crucial figure in the growth of Silk Road and informed Ross Ulbricht about all elements of the criminal business.”
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman elaborated:”Silk Road has been a key online market for illegal drugs, hacking solutions, and an entire slew of additional unlawful actions. Roger Thomas Clark supposedly served as a trusted confidante to Silk Road creator and operator Ross Ulbricht, advising him on all elements of this illegal company, such as how to maximize gains and use threats of violence to thwart law enforcement.
Also Helped Developing Fundamental Rules Underpinning Silk Road
The Department of Justice reports that Ross Ulbricht explained Mr. Clark as a”true mentor” who provided information concerning”security vulnerabilities from the Silk Road website, specialized infrastructure, direction of the Silk Road users, and functioning in a way to try to thwart law enforcement.” Mr. Clark went with quite a few pseudonyms on Silk Road –“Variety Jones,”VJ,”Cimon,” and also”Plural of Mongoose.”
Mr. Clark had a hand in creating the principles and procedures underpinning the operations of Silk Road, together with U.S government claiming that”he hauled at length with Ulbricht concerning the principles that dominated Silk Road sellers and users, and concerning the marketing of earnings on Silk Road, such as the earnings of narcotics […] and aided with hiring developers to help enhance the infrastructure of, and preserve, Silk Road.”
Mr. Clark was also allegedly”responsible for collecting data on law enforcement’s attempts to research Silk Road,” and”provided information to Ulbricht about developing a”cover story” to make it look as though Ulbricht had marketed Silk Road.”
Mr. Clark Could Face Heavy Sentencing
When convicted, the fifty-nine-year-old faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, among other fees. Mr. Clark was allegedly paid”at least hundreds of thousands of dollars because of his role in managing Silk Road.”
Homeland Security Investigations particular agent-in-charge, Angel M. Melendez, said that”that the extradition of the man now ought to be a reminder to people who believe that they can hide inside the limits of the dark net, which you’re never out of range of the extended arm of law. All these investigations are important in combating the illegal drug market and we’ll keep working together with our law enforcement partners to combat this struggle.”