A trader on Localbitcoins and Paxful has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a couple of bitcoin scams. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that the trader knowingly sold bitcoin to victims of fraudulent schemes.
Bitcoin Trader Facing Jail Time
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that a Boston man has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in two bitcoin fraud schemes. Austin Nedved “pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy,” the DOJ detailed, adding that the 29-year-old is currently “in custody serving a sentence for a separate fraud conviction.” The announcement states:
Nedved admitted that he ran a business in which he bought and sold digital currencies, including bitcoin, for cash. Nedved advertised his services under the screen name ‘usmc1991’ over Localbitcoins.com and Paxful.com.
The Justice Department described that he “aided and abetted romance and lottery schemes targeting vulnerable victims.” In…