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5/20/2018

华裔接警方卧底汇款 110万美元被充公




一名温哥华比特币商人承认因无牌经营汇款业务,在美国被判监20天,并遭充公价值约110万美元现金和比特币。他曾要求假装毒贩的联邦探员不要讲出款项来源,以便出事时脱罪。

被告是译音姓王的37岁Louis Ong(图),于上周在西雅图美国地区法庭认罪,除上述判刑外,他还被下令监督释放3年,并将永不能再到美国。据法庭文件指,被告向卧底探员表示,他不要知道有关贩毒的一切情况。他曾向一名探员解释,"我不要听到。所有我会告诉人们一件事,就是我真的不在乎,……他们如何使用比特币,……最好就是我真的不知道。因为这样我可以用巧妙的方法不予承认。"

据最初的诉讼,美国国土安全部因获悉网上广告有匿名人士买卖比特币,遂于2016年12月开始调查Louis Ong。在多次短讯联络后,一名负责打击洗钱活动的卧底探员在华盛顿州塔克维拉(Tukwila)麦当劳停车场约见Louis Ong,要求以1.2万美元兑换比特币。Louis Ong以验钞机核实款项后,就利用智能手机以电子钱包汇出比特币,他在交易中要求收取7.3%手续费。探员其后跟随Louis Ong到多间银行存款。

同一探员在另一次会面时要求Louis Ong兑换5万美元,并提供略多于9%的手续费。据他在录音中说,"我收费……高于许多人,但因为……我办事得力,人们都来跟我交易。"

去年3月,Louis Ong向一名假扮贩毒黑帮"大老"的探员表示,要求该大老的手下停止谈判贩毒事宜。他说,"我无兴趣知道你买卖(比特币)的用途,所以请不要再提及,亦请你的朋友也不要提起。"之后Louis Ong为卧底探员再进行3次交易。据Louis Ong的判词指,他于1987年与母亲自新加坡移民加拿大,在卑诗大学电脑科学系毕业,现与姊妹居于洛杉矶。据悉,他是个研发游戏软件的创业者。美国政府称,检查被告手机显示,Louis Ong自最少2013年起开始涉足比特币世界。






5/20/2018

Unlicensed B.C. bitcoin trader jailed in U.S. after federal sting

Louis Ong told agents to stop talking about drug dealing because he needed 'plausible deniability'

By Jason Proctor · CBC News


Vancouver's Louis Ong has been sentenced to 20 days in a U.S. jail after admitting to unlicensed trading of bitcoin. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)


A DIY Vancouver bitcoin trader who begged federal agents posing as drug dealers to stop talking about where their money came from has been sentenced to 20 days in a U.S. jail — equal to time served.

Louis Ong pleaded guilty last week in Seattle U.S. District Court to operating an unlicensed money transmission business.

According to court documents, the 37-year-old told undercover operatives it was best if he didn't know anything about the sale of narcotics.

"I didn't hear that," Ong explained to one agent. "So there is one thing I tell people is I don't really care what ... they use the bitcoin for ... it's better that I don't actually know. 'Cause then I can have plausible deniability."

'I get the job done'

In addition to the jail sentence, Ong has also agreed to forfeit cash and bitcoin worth more than $1.1 million US.

According to the original complaint, the U.S. department of Homeland Security began investigating Ong in December 2016 after responding to an online advertisement advertising the anonymous buying and selling of bitcoin.

After an exchange of text messages, an agent met Ong in a McDonald's parking lot in Tukwila, Wash. to exchange $12,000 US for bitcoin.

Louis Ong pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmission business after he was caught in a sting by federal authorities in the United States. (Twitter)

Ong used a money counter to verify the amount and then transmitted bitcoin to a digital wallet using an iPhone. He claimed a fee of 7.3 per cent.

Agents later followed Ong as he deposited cash to a number of banks.

At the next meeting, the same agent asked Ong to trade $50,000 US for a fee of slightly more than nine per cent.

"I am charging ... higher than a lot of people, but because ... I get the job done, people come to me," he was recorded as saying.

'Your friends seem to be a bit open'

At one point in March 2017, Ong asked an agent who was acting as the 'boss' of the operation if his underlings could stop talking about drugs.

"I am not interested in what you buy or sell (bitcoin) for, so please do not mention it or have your friends mention it either," he said.

"Your friends seem to be a bit open about what you do when there is really no need to be."

Accordig to U.S. court documents, Ong transferred crypto-currency to a bitcoin wallet after receiving cash from undercover agents. (Simon Dawson/Bloom

After a uniformed agent confronted Ong, he registered with the federal U.S. agency tasked with stopping money laundering.

But then he proceeded to make three more transactions with undercover agents in violation of the rules.

According to Ong's sentencing memorandum, he moved to Canada from Singapore with his mother in 1987, graduating from the University of B.C. with a degree in computer science.

He is described as an entrepreneur who worked to develop video game software.

The U.S. government claims a forensic review of his digital device revealed that he had been involved in the world of bitcoin since at least 2013.

'He wanted to be his own boss'

Ong's friends and family filed a number of glowing letters with the U.S. court.

Ong has been living in Los Angeles with his sister pending the outcome of the charges. He volunteers with a church and a number of charities that help the homeless.

The references provide little insight as to how Ong got into bitcoin trading, though one letter from a Vancouver-area doctor describes Ong as a natural entrepreneur.

"Louis was forever looking for another (legal and honest) way to make money and he always seemed to have his fingers in several pies. He wanted to be his own boss and did not like the restrictions of a regular, 'nine-to-five' job," the letter says.

"When Louis called me recently, he explained to me what he had been doing and how in doing so, he had broken a law in the state of Washington."

His mother told the court Ong "is very respectful and remorseful of what happened."

According to a news release from the department of Homeland Security, Ong tearfully told the court he realized how his activities had "facilitated more people being exposed to addictive substances."

In addition to his jail sentence, Ong was also given three years of supervised release and will likely be unable to return to the U.S.

His lawyer told CBC News he was satisfied with the outcome.

"We are very pleased the judge recognized Louis' genuine remorse and let him leave court a free man as we had requested," read an email. "He has a very bright future in front of him."












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