A U.S. District Court has indicted three individuals behind the now-defunct Geek Group for their role in running an illegal money transmission business that used bitcoin to move funds across states. According to the indictment documents, it was Christopher Allan Boden then president of the Geek Group, who “sold bitcoin to numerous customers, in exchange for U.S. currency, primarily cash.”
Violation of Money Transmission Laws
The indictment of Boden and his accomplices comes more than two years after federal law enforcement raided the Michigan-based not-for-profit organization. Immediately after the raid, the Geek Group, which had previously been involved in charity work, announced the shut down of the organization.
Meanwhile, as the indictment documents show, Boden would obtain the BTC from Daniel Reynold Dejager, who lived in Washington. As part of their conspiracy, Dejager would “periodically travel to Michigan to meet with Boden.”
According to their adopted practice, Boden alongside Leesa Beth Vogt and others, “would deposit cash received from their customers into a bank account to which Dejager had access.” Alternatively, a transfer of cash to Dejager would be made and Dejager would then “use that currency to purchase additional bitcoin.”
However, according to the U.S. indictment, this arrangement was not in compliance with the relevant laws. In the indictment, the prosecutors said:
During the period relevant to this indictment, none of Boden, Vogt, Dejager and The Geek Group, (also known as the National Science Institute) was registered as a money services business or money transmitter with the United States Department of the Treasury.
Furthermore, the indictment document reveals that the “total value of bitcoin sold by Boden and his co-conspirators was equivalent to more than $700,000 in U.S. currency.”
Meanwhile, the prosecutors also allege that between 2017 and 2018, Boden and Dejager resorted to mixing the BTC “before selling it to customers to conceal its origin.” In addition, Boden and his accomplices are accused of extending their services to customers involved in illegal activities. The document states:
(Boden and his accomplices) knowingly conducted and attempted to conduct a financial transaction, namely, the sale of bitcoin for cash, affecting interstate or foreign commerce involving property represented by an undercover law enforcement officer to be proceeds of specified unlawful activity, namely, distribution of controlled substances in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841.
In the meantime, the indictment documents state that upon their conviction, Boden and his accomplices “shall forfeit to the United States a money judgment in the amount of at least $700,000.” In addition to the 1.33 BTC, all crypto assets accessible from wallets associated with two Trezor devices, comprising at least 0.365 BTC, seized on or about December 21, 2018,” shall be forfeited to the U.S. government.
If any of these remedies fail, “the United States shall be entitled to forfeiture of substitute property” the indictment concludes.
The Cycle Started, Mike Novogratz Says – Bitcoin Boom Is Here; Jack Dorsey Boosts BTC’s Price
Mike Novogratz is one of the essential names in the crypto space which is celebrating the booming price of Bitcoin.
Check out what he had to share with his followers and Twitter fans:
Crypto wealth is approx 50bps of global wealth. That means if you don’t have at least 1/2 percent invested in crypto you are short the global benchmark. Most institutions are still at 0. As they move in, that number will go to 1 then 2 then….
The cycle has started.— Mike Novogratz (@novogratz) October 16, 2021
Someone hopped in the comments section and said this; ‘Anyone who has not yet embarked on the crypto band wagon is a simple minded idiot who knows nothing about markets, freedom or wealth creation.’
Jack Dorsey boosts the price of BTC
It’s been also revealed that Jack Dorse said that Square could build a BTC mining system – this obviously triggered a more massive price race for the king coin.
At the moment of writing this article, BTC is trading in the green and the king coin is priced at $61,118.15.
CNBC online publication just noted that Square CEO Jack Dorsey said late on Friday the company is considering jumping into BTC mining business.
Dorsey tweeted that the company is considering a “bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide.”
Square is considering building a Bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide. If we do this, we’d follow our hardware wallet model: build in the open in collaboration with the community. First some thoughts and questions.— jack⚡️ (@jack) October 15, 2021
Dorsey’s goal would be to make crypto mining more accessible. We suggest that you check out the complete thread that Dorsey shared on his social media account in order to learn all the available details.
Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead: Bitcoin (BTC) Already Up 100% in This Bull Run
How big is median increase in Bitcoin (BTC) price in bullish market phases?
As Bitcoin (BTC) reclaims $62,000 level, Dan Morehead, CEO of the first-ever cryptocurrency-focused VC firm in the U.S., shares the comprehensive statistics of the last six bull runs for Bitcoin.
Bitcoin (BTC) price doubled in 87 days: Bull Run 2021
According to the latest tweet by Mr. Morehead, the Bitcoin (BTC) price witnessed a 2x increase in the first 87 days of the ongoing bullish wave.
#bitcoin at $61,000 is 2x from where we mark the start of this new bull market in July.
For perspective, the median bull cycle went up 15x over 300 days.
More thoughts on the state of the market here: https://t.co/g46sxp7Qe6 pic.twitter.com/Iy96sJvZzO— Dan Morehead (@dan_pantera) October 15, 2021
Unlike many other experts, Mr. Morehead identifies two separate “bull run” phases in 2020-2021. During the previous one, between March 16, 2020, and April 14, 2021, it took 394 days for Bitcoin (BTC) to increase its price 13x and print a new all-time high.
According to his infographic, the most impressive rally ended with a 106x increase of the orange coin’s price in 2015-2017.
That said, the median Bitcoin (BTC) price bull run lasted for 300 days and increased the “king coin’s price” by 15x.
Will Bitcoin ETF mark the top of the BTC cycle?
At the same time, according to “The Next Price Era” letter issued by Pantera Capital on Oct. 6, 2021, the hotly-anticipated approval of Bitcoin (BTC) ETFs is listed amidst the possible “sell the news” events.
Mr. Morehead noticed that the launch of CME Bitcoin Futures and Coinbase direct listing triggered painful bear markets:
Will someone please remind the day before the bitcoin ETF officially launches? I might want to take some chips off the table.
As covered by U.Today previously, similar statements were made by CNBC’s Jim Cramer.
The seasoned analyst also revealed his plans to “cash out” 50% of his Ethereum (ETH) bags.
Bitcoin Will Significantly Underperform Altcoin Market As New Crypto Price Era Unfolds: Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead
The founder and chief executive officer of Pantera Capital says that investors can expect altcoins to outperform Bitcoin (BTC) in the long term.
In a recent edition of Pantera’s Blockchain Letter, the head of the digital asset management firm outlines Dan Morehead’s key quotes from the SALT 2021 conference in New York. During the conference, Morehead said that even though his company has greatly profited from BTC, he emphasized that most future crypto gains will come from altcoin investments.ADVERTISEMENT
“My perspective is: Bitcoin has been amazing – Pantera Bitcoin Fund is up 67,000% since inception. However, I think the majority of future gains will be from tokens outside of Bitcoin. I know that sounds heretical to some people here, but that’s my professional opinion.”
Morehead compares the rise of Bitcoin and its competitors to that of the tech industry boom during the late 1990s.
“It’s like saying in 1998 that [the] majority of future tech gains would come from outside Microsoft.
At the time, Microsoft was worth $218 billion, Apple $3.5 billion, Amazon was $2.2 billion. Google and Facebook were zero – they didn’t even exist. In the years since Microsoft did great – it went up 10x. However, 80% of the tech gains in these five stocks came from outside Microsoft.
That’s the view I have here – I think BTC is going to go up a ton – like 10x. It’s a great investment…[but] I think the broader portfolio is going to outperform.”
At time of writing, BTC has a market cap of $1.156 trillion while all altcoins combined have a market cap of $1.327 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.